Tuesday September 18 2018
Marcelino: Valencia don’t fear Ronaldo

Marcelino insists Valencia do not fear Cristiano Ronaldo and that they have what it takes to beat Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Ronaldo has scored 15 goals in only 17 meetings with Valencia and never lost at home to Los Che as a Real Madrid player, but Marcelino made it clear the Spaniards were up for the fight.

“Juventus are the best team in Italy without any doubt,” the Coach said at a Press conference.

“The results say so, both locally and in Europe. I don’t think there’s a country where all its teams play the same way. Everyone has their own style.

“Juventus are a competitive, winning team, who use their resources to the fullest and manage to win their League with ease.

“They’re a great team, with tradition and history, and they’re a candidate to win the Champions League.

“Allegri is a Coach who’s been in the Champions League for nine straight seasons. That speaks for itself.

“He’s one of the best Coaches in European football, even if almost everyone agrees that players are the most important part of a team.

“Our mentality means we play to win every game. We’ll never give up on anything. We’re here to compete, win and overcome our group.

“We hope to beat Juventus. After that, we’ll think about the next game. We’ve faced Cristiano Ronaldo several times before and suffered against him, but fear isn’t an appropriate emotion.

“We’re not afraid to work and we’ll try to limit him as much as possible. For me it’s a privilege to face Juve as the Coach of Valencia after many years and many games.

“However, it’ll be just another match for us and we’ll have the same focus as always to win. I’m only concerned about us approaching the game in the right way.

“If we sin, it’ll be for too much, not too little. We’re waiting for kick-off and we’re convinced we can compete until the end against Juve.

“We always analyse our opponents and make sure that their many strong points don’t leave us exposed.

“We’ll try to take advantage of their mistakes, but we must be ready not to make any mistakes of our own.

“We have to make things difficult for their defence, even if it won’t be easy.”

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