Ronaldo: Real in good shape

Cristiano Ronaldo admits Real Madrid in are in great shape after an incredible week in the club's history.

Last Updated: 06/03/13 at 16:40 Post Comment

Cristiano Ronaldo: Taking it step by step

Cristiano Ronaldo: Taking it step by step

Cristiano Ronaldo says Real Madrid cannot yet start thinking about the Champions League final, but admits the Spanish side are in great shape.

Ronaldo had mixed emotions after scoring the winner for Real at Old Trafford in a 2-1 victory, and it capped off an incredible week which saw Jose Mourinho's side also triumph twice over domestic rivals Barcelona.

The Spanish champions are now into the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and Ronaldo told reporters: "We have a long way to go, we've beaten one of the best teams in the world in Man U.

"So we have a long way to go and will go step by step but we are in a good shape.

"This week was unbelievable with two wins against Barcelona and now Manchester United. It was fantastic for us."

The Portuguese winger paid tribute to the reception he received from the United fans on his first return to the club since leaving Old Trafford in 2009.

He added: "It was an unbelievable night, a very emotional night. What the supporters did with me was massive - I am never going to forget this moment. The only word to describe it is unbelievable.

"On the one side I feel happy for Madrid to go through to the next round, the other side I feel a little bit sad because it is not easy to forget this home.

"I played six years here and the people were very nice to me and I came here like a child. The feeling was strange - it was not just this game but the first game too; I felt a little bit shy in my game.

"But I'm happy because Madrid got through. I defend my colours and I play for Madrid and I try to do my best all the time."

Ronaldo went to speak to the distraught United players after the match and made special mention of 39-year-old Ryan Giggs, for whom it was his 1,000th professional game.

"I went into the dressing room to speak to all the players, the coach, the president, to the Glazers," said Ronaldo.

"I spoke with Giggsy and he's an incredible player, still fit and still playing in these kind of games. He is the flag of this club and I'm happy for him. I think he's going to finish when he's 50!"

Ronaldo said he had not seen the incident which saw Nani controversially sent off for a chest-high challenge - a decision which changed the game in Real's favour.

"I didn't see it," he said. "Things happen in football, sometimes the referee makes good decisions, sometimes wrong decisions, it's part of the game."

Meanwhile, Xabi Alonso, Madrid's former Liverpool midfielder, hailed the win as a "massive step" for Mourinho's men, with Real now strong favourites to go all the way to the final in Wembley.

He said: "We knew it was going to be a massive night for both sides - make or break for one of us. Happily we have gone through.

"Credit to United - they pushed really hard even with 10 players. It was a great atmosphere, a great night and now we're through we're really delighted.

"It was a massive step that we've taken. It was a key week for us - this is what we wanted but there's still a long way to go."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet & £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

put Ince in my fantasy football team, so it's no surprise at all really. I do that to players. Also responsible for De Jong and Upson being injured. Think I'll transfer in Di Maria just to ruin United....

megabrow (cufc)
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

L

ovren? £20m always seemed a touch on the expensive side, but I wasn't expecting him to be quite such a waste of money

stevenjameshyde
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

H

alf of our players have the physical presence of a 14 year old girl. I don't know why people are always shocked that they're injured.

TheWhiz
Wenger baffled by injuries

Footer 365

Sky Bet Championship: Fulham thump Bolton, Huddersfield win at Wolves, Leeds held

Fulham thrashed Bolton 4-0 in the Championship, while Huddersfield won at Molineux to deny Wolves top spot.

Premier League: Sunderland boss Gus Poyet delighted Lee Cattermole stayed at club

Gus Poyet believes keeping Lee Cattermole was the best transfer decision he has made while at Sunderland.

Champions League: Liverpool out of sorts in 1-0 defeat at FC Basel

Liverpool paid the price for a disjointed performance as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to FC Basel in the Champions League.

Mail Box

It Was Better When City Were Rubbish

'I think I preferred it when we were s**t' says one City fan in the afternoon mailbox. There's a decent chat about the empty seats plus views on Liverpool and Roma...

Do City Really Need To Expand Their Stadium?

That's the question posed by one Man United fan in the mailbox after seeing the empty seats at the Etihad last night. Sadly, there isn't a single mail from a City supporter...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property