Tuesday October 22 2013
Ronaldo: Juventus a great team

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is showing Juventus respect despite their capitulation at Fiorentina on Sunday.

The Italian giants were in control of the game in Tuscany thanks to a 2-0 advantage before conceding four second half goals.

“We are expecting a great Juventus team, even though they lost their last match in Serie A,” the Portuguese wizard stated ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League tie.

“The Juventus encounter is a huge one and we want to win this one. We must be focused.”

Ronaldo is particularly aware of Carlos Tevez, his former teammate in the Premiership with Manchester United.

“I played with Tevez and it was great linking up with him. We will have to be wary of him tomorrow, he is a very dangerous player.

“The Champions League is the most important tournament, but whatever competition I compete in I want to win it.

“We want nine points on the board by the end of tomorrow night.”

Real will go into the tie as favourites despite their problematic start to the season under new boss Carlo Ancelotti.

“We are getting better. We started a bit weak, but we are improving in many aspects. We have to continue like that,” he added.

“It is a thing of great pride to work with this Coach – he is doing an extraordinary job. You can't say more than that. I am willing to give my all for him.”

Real have a 100 per cent record in their group, while Juve have been held to draws against FC Copenhagen and Galatasaray.

“We have six points on the board and nobody qualifies with six points.

“We are calm, focused. We want to win tomorrow as that will also give us confidence for the game against Barcelona at the weekend.

“I don't think it is a decisive week, but it's true that it is an important one for us. We didn't start as we would have liked but we are getting better.”

Tomorrow’s meeting has inevitably seen former Juventus director general Luciano Moggi again remind fans of when he almost signed the player.

“I’ve been close to everyone…but the only certainty for me was United,” continued the former Sporting Lisbon winger.

“In all seriousness, I was close to Juventus at the age of 18 but I preferred Manchester United for their history and the possibility to mature.”