Madrid has depleted defense for 2nd leg against Juventus

Madrid has depleted defense for 2nd leg against Juventus

Ronaldo's incredible bicycle kick in Turin will go down as one of the Champions League's greatest ever goals.

The former France midfielder spoke ahead of their 2017/2018 Champions League quarter-final second leg against Juventus on Wednesday.

"There are a lot of people who rise to the top of their field but Ronaldo seems to thrive as the more important a game gets, the better he plays", Hargreaves told BT Sport.

That's the view of former England global Owen Hargreaves, who saw Ronaldo score a stunning brace in last week's Champions League tie over Juventus.

His stunning exploits have prompted much debate about where the Portuguese ranks among the pantheon of great players to have represented Madrid.

Real Madrid are "lucky" to have Cristiano Ronaldo, but comparisons to the legendary Alfredo di Stefano are "pointless", says Manolo Sanchis.

"I think La Liga is the best league to be in because every game is hard - things can go awry right up to the final game".

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in all six of his Champions League games against Juventus, netting nine goals in total. Vallejo's last Spanish league match before that was against Sevilla in December.

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The Real Madrid star has surged into the limelight under the watchful eye of Zidane since making his debut in 2016, and for Asensio, there is no one he would rather learn his trade under.

- Ten of Robert Lewandowski's 45 Champions League goals have come versus Spanish opponents (22 per cent), more than against clubs from any other nation. I'm going to see the positive side to this situation. He might have had a blip earlier this season when Madrid had a blip, but that is irrelevant as his record speaks for itself.

The winger's reluctance to leave meant Madrid had to shelve their plans to sign Kylian Mbappe from Monaco and with no new forward brought in, the side struggled for goals ealy in the season, falling off the pace in La Liga.

"The best players peak at the right times and I think Ronaldo has proven he does that year in year out".

'We showed against PSG and Juventus, we showed that we are the same team as last season and we have returned to the level which helped us achieve our objectives then, ' Asensio said before explaining how his game has developed under Zidane.

No doubt the talented 22-year-old will make Julen Lopetegui's squad. "He's very fast, he's played some very good matches, scored good goals, he will be well remembered by the fans".

The Bianconeri need to improve markedly at the back if they hope to stand a chance of staging an unlikely upset. Do you sit off?

This is done and dusted, but Juventus won't want to turn up and get embarrassed.

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