Real Madrid’s 3-0 Champions league victory over Roma came as a relief to the players as they look to improve on their disappointing start to the season.

“The best thing is that we can now put the Champions league on hold until February. I would like to play against a French side,” Zinedine Zidane told the club website.

“Now we only have to think about the Primera Liga and the King’s Cup,” he added.

Real are in second place in the league but trail nine points behind Barcelona.

Requiring a win to reach the knock out stages of the competition, Ronaldo gave the visitors an early lead with a ninth minute goa. The match was played in a surreal atmosphere after UEFA ordered the home side to play the match behind closed doors following trouble at an earlier group game.

Luis Figo sealed the victory for Madrid with two second-half goals.

“It has been a very positive victory, which lets us forget about this competition until February,” Raul said.

“It was a strange game. I hope, for the good of football, this does not happen again because the fans give the game its spice,” said Madrid coach Mariano Garcia Remon.

England captain David Beckham agreed.

“We played the game that we needed to, and the most difficult thing was dominating in such a strange atmosphere,” he was quoted saying on the Real Madrid website.