sport news Cristiano Ronaldo trains as ready for Numancia

After enjoying a brief winter break, it's back to business for now as they gear up for their first match of 2018.

The Spanish giants begin the calendar year with a last-16 tie at Numancia in the Copa del Rey on Thursday night. 

And ahead of that first-leg encounter, Real boss Zinedine Zidane had his side fine-tuning their preparations 24 hours earlier.

Cristiano Ronaldo leads the way at training as Real Madrid prepare for their trip to Numancia

Cristiano Ronaldo leads the way at training as prepare for their trip to Numancia

Gareth Bale was also present during Wednesday's session

As was captain Sergio Ramps

Key duo Gareth Bale (left) and Sergio Ramos were all present during Wednesday's session

Isco will be hoping to play a part in the Copa del Rey last-16 first leg on Thursday night

Isco will be hoping to play a part in the Copa del Rey last-16 first leg on Thursday night

The Frenchman oversaw proceedings as star forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale both trained at their Valdebebas base.

Fan favourite Isco was another present during the session which included two large rondo training drills.

After working on possession and pressing, the squad moved on to crossing and finishing and ended with matches in reduced spaces.

Real ended 2017 with a damaging 3-1 home defeat by arch rivals Barcelona in La Liga but Zidane believes

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