As the Champions League opened with a series of one-sided games, Jose Mourinho was blunt.
The Rojiblancos were not able to sign any new player because of the FIFA transfer ban and so have to resort to the same old guards to perform at least for the group stages.
The hosts made history in June when they became the first side to defend their Champions League crown, two weeks after lifting the La Liga title.
Probed about the strain investigations could have had, Zidane insisted Ronnie is fully focused.
"What interests me is that everyone can play".
"We are happy to have him back".
Set to be unshackled on Wednesday, APOEL will be the first side to bear the brunt of the Portugese forward's potential onslaught.
Zidane was quick to insist there is more to his team than the Ballon d'Or winner, although he is relieved to have Ronaldo back for this game.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has said the Blues must take their time to get ready by playing well against lower-ranked teams before getting ready for big guns Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus on their return to the Champions League.
Laughing off the quip Madrid have 'Cristianodependencia', he scoffed: "You know very well who Cristiano is". I want to be left alone, let me concentrate on playing football.
'I hope this path is short.
"He's going to play tomorrow, but we're not going to have him on Sunday".
But Kane is relishing the prospect of tackling some of the biggest clubs on the continent.
He'll also keep tabs on Asienso's foot complaint, but confirmed Raphael Varane has "completely recovered" from the abductor injury which saw him miss Madrid's last two games.
And now footage from a Spanish court, uploaded by YouTube channel Cracks, has shown how Ronaldo appeared to stop himself mid-sentence from saying that he would like to move back to England.
In 21 previous participations in the UEFA Champions League, Madrid have never failed to progress to the last 16. I know what we'll do.