Mancini wary of Cristiano Ronaldo threat as Man City prepare for Real invasion
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini understands he must find a way to contain the “incredible” Cristiano Ronaldo if his side is to qualify for the Last 16 stage of the Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Manchester for the first time since he left Manchester United three years ago for Real Madrid when he visits the Etihad Stadium for the Champions League bout against Manchester City.
Manchester City’s entrance into the Last 16 stage of the Champions League hangs in the balance. Only a victory over Real Madrid can take Manchester City out of Group D and into the next stage of the Champions League.
The 27-year-old Portugal international, Cristiano Ronaldo will be the center of attention in the mouthwatering encounter between Manchester City and Real Madrid. The striker, who has scored 165 goals in 162 appearances for Real Madrid, was the x-factor for Real Madrid when he scored a late winner against Manchester City at Santiago Bernabeu back in September.
Roberto Mancini clearly understands that keeping Cristiano Ronaldo at bay will increase Manchester City’s chances of defeating Real Madrid on Wednesday night.
“I think (it is) not only tomorrow night - I think Ronaldo has a big impact on every game,” Roberto Mancini said. “One player that scores every game, one or two goals, is an incredible player.
“For this reason we should have more attention on him because he is a player that can change the game.”
Manchester City has just two points from its first four matches in Group D. This means only a victory over the La Liga champions can keep them in the competition. On the other hand, Real Madrid will have plenty of reason to fight for as well.
The Spanish outfit is second-placed, beneath Borussia Dortmund. Real Madrid must avoid a late comeback from Ajax or Manchester City to ensure qualification into the next round of Champions League.
Manchester City’s star striker Carlos Tevez understands Cristiano Ronaldo better than anyone at the Eastlands given that he played with him back when the two were at Manchester United.
“Cristiano is one of the best players in the world and he will play in this game the way he always has done,” Carlos Tevez said. “He does not seem to feel pressure, and there will be no added pressure just because he is back in Manchester.
“Once he gets a chance to face up to you and run at you with the ball he is very, very dangerous and he strikes the ball well too.”