Cristiano Ronaldo believes Galatasaray’s attacking approach will suit Real Madrid when the two sides square off in a UEFA Champions League Quarter final clash on Wednesday.
The Turkish side has been one of the surprise-packages in this season’s competition and shocked all be eliminating Schalke in the previous round.
But Ronaldo says Real – who beat Manchester United in the last 16 – prefer playing against teams who ‘come to play’ rather than those who just sit back and defend.
“The game against Galatasaray will be wide open and very balanced. We have to play well, like we do at home in the Champions [League],” he tells Real’s official website.
“It’s a squad that also attacks a lot and that’s good, because our chances of winning increase when the opponent plays us one-on-one.
“We played well in the Camp Nou, also in Manchester, and here at home against Barcelona. Things are going well for us; we have more confidence and we’re having a good run. I hope we can stay this way until the end of the season.”
UEFA Champions League (Quarter Final) Leg I:
REAL MADRID vs GALATASARAY Time: 18.45 GMT Date: April 3, 2013 Venue: Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid)
Rodri gave Zaragoza an early lead but Cristiano Ronaldo evened things up before halftime as Madrid were forced to settle for a draw.
Real Madrid and Real Zaragoza traded goals in the first half but neither side could find the winner in the second half and settled for a 1-1 draw.
Real Zaragoza came roaring out of the gate and scored early to but Real Madrid under immediate pressure. Luka Modric was late to a loose ball in the midfield and was beaten to the spot by Apoño who moved the ball forward with one touch to Rodri. The midfielder moved into the Madrid area and beat Diego Lopez over his right shoulder to give Zaragoza the early 1-0 advantage.
Real Madrid answered back seven minutes from halftime, taking advantage of a mistake by Glenn Loovens. The Dutch defender misplayed a long ball, giving up possession to Gonzalo Higuaín just outside the Zaragoza area. Higuain moved the ball left to Ronaldo who dribbled into the box and beat Roberto Gago just inside the near post. Gago appeared to misread Ronaldo‘s intentions and shifted just enough to the right to create the space that the Portuguese striker needed.
Zaragoza were denied a fairly clear penalty in the 59th minute when Michael Essien pulled down Hélder Postiga with two hands on his shoulder. The referee didn’t agree and Zaragoza were left frustrated by the decision.
Diego Lopez made a match saving save in the 78th. Francisco Montañés backed into the Madrid area along the touchline before spinning and sending a ball across to Postiga after the far post. Postiga’s header looked sure to put Zaragoza ahead of Lopez came flying across to deny the striker and keep the game tied.
Real Madrid Next Match:
UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Real Madrid vs Galatasaray
Date: April 3, 2012 | Time: 18.45 GMT Venue: Santiago Bernabeu
Cristiano Ronaldo’s signature Nike CR Mercurial Vapor IX boots have been re-worked in a new colourway – and with the Portugal star’s ‘love to win, hate to lose’ logo on the heel, which is a heart with a big ‘X’ through it.
Brightly-coloured with neonyellow, orange and white, the boots also feature the number 7, Ronaldo’s squad number at Real Madrid, and a safari print on the Nike ‘swoosh’ – referencing his cheetah-like pace.
The new boots are sure to continue the Real Madrid star’s success – Ronaldo has hit 40 goals for club and country this season.
Cristiano Ronaldo‘s new boots are in neon colours with his ‘love to win, hate to lose‘ logo
Ronaldo, modelling his new collection, has scored 40 goals for club and country this season.