Ronaldo wants Real Madrid to bring their best against Barcelona
Cristiano Ronaldo claims Real Madrid will have no real excuses if the defending La Liga champions fail to hand in a good performance against Barcelona on Thursday. The two Spanish football giants will face each other at the Santiago Bernabeu for the first-leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final.
Real Madrid will play without their first-team players Angel di Maria, Fabio Coentrao, Iker Casillas, Pepe and Sergio Ramos due to a mix of untimely injuries and suspensions. Nonetheless, Cristiano Ronaldo believes his side has the potential to break Barcelona’s strength at home.
“We will be missing a number of players, key players, who are very important for this squad,” the Cristiano Ronaldo admitted. “But that is not an excuse, we have to play well because Barca are a fantastic side.
“I hope that it will be a great night for us. We are looking forward to a big game.”
Jose Mourinho and Co. will kick-off at home on back foot, since they are missing crucial players. The Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has given up hope of winning the La Liga, which means the former Chelsea manager has set his eyes on Copa del Rey and the coveted Champions League.
“It is a really important game, a difficult game,” Cristiano Ronaldo continued. “We are going to play against one of the most difficult sides in the world, so it will be a great night.
“We are playing at home, so we have a big chance to get a good result.”
The former Manchester United might have to bring out his best in the absence of key players from Real Madrid’s first-team. A hat-trick from the 2008 Ballon d’Or winner would just about set things on path for victory and help Real Madrid grab revenge for losing to Barcelona in La Liga.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored a terrific hat-trick against Getafe on Sunday, has been in spectacular form for Real Madrid this season. The Portugal international has scored 33 goals in 32 appearances for Los Blancos this season.
The 27-year-old winger explained that keeping Lionel Messi at bay would be the key to winning over Barcelona. The Argentine goal-scoring machine, Lionel Messi is just five goals away from leveling Cristiano Ronaldo’s tally of goals.