Cristiano Ronaldo demands Real Madrid ‘suffer’ to ensure ‘magical’ European night
Three-time World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo has issued a rallying call to Real Madrid’s fans as they aim to overturn a 2-0 first leg deficit against Wolfsburg in their Uefa Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.
Goals from Ricardo Rodriguez and Maximilian Arnold have left Madrid with a mountain to climb to reach the semi-finals for a fifth consecutive season.
However, Ronaldo remains confident Madrid’s free-scoring home form this season will ensure they overturn a first leg defeat in the Champions League for the first time since 2002.
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“The team are confident, the coach has faith and the fans must also have faith. Tuesday has to be a magical night,” he said.
“It is also important to remain calm in certain situations, we need patience and to know how to suffer for the win.
“The key objective is getting through to the next round. It is the only option that will allow us players and the fans to leave the stadium happy.”
Ronaldo was on target in a 4-0 rout of Eibar on Saturday as Madrid scored at least four goals for the seventh time in nine home games since coach Zinedine Zidane took charge in January.
All four goals arrived before half-time against the Basque club and German midfielder Toni Kroos said the hosts need an early goal to put his more inexperienced compatriots on the backfoot.
“It will be important to get the upper hand early on,” Kroos said.
“We don’t want it to still be 0-0 at half time. We have to play attacking football, without doubt, but we have to play wisely.”
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Published: April 11, 2016 04:00 AM