Giorgio Chiellini, Juventus’ veteran centre back, has praised Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of the teams’ clash in the quarter final of the Champions League on Tuesday. The Italian defender, who was a part of the team that lost 4-1 to the Spanish giants in last year’s finals, said the Portuguese forward is almost impossible to stop.
”Ronaldo will always score against everyone,” Chiellini said.
”Real are more than just him but, over the years, he has played amazingly well and made the difference.
”Thinking about stopping him is presumptuous, it will also take luck. The difference between winning and losing will be marginal.”
Ronaldo has scored a total of 117 goals in the Champions League and was an inspiration last season as his team became the first to defend the title successfully. Chiellini however feels his side can get the better of Real Madrid this time as they have the grace of a two-legged encounter.
The 33-year-old also said the team will not be out to avenge their 4-1 mauling in the finals of last season’s competition. He said they would rather play the match with discipline and fight to get a result.
‘There is a lot of respect for Real Madrid, but it doesn’t mean we can’t beat them. Revenge will not be on our minds. We have positive and negative memories of Cardiff, along with everyone else.
‘If you want to reach the Champions League final, you have to play the big teams like Real Madrid.
‘Apart from the match in Cardiff, we also have good memories of playing Real and playing against the best teams always gives you a great incentive.’
Newsbreak.ng reports that both teams come into the encounter having won their last matches in their respective leagues.