Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Cristiano Ronaldo confident Juventus will overturn Atletico's advantage

Cristiano Ronaldo confident Juventus will overturn Atletico's advantage

Ronaldo set the tone with his 27th-minute opener before heading past Jan Oblak again four minutes into the second half.

Ronaldo had produced a relatively poor display as Juventus fell 2-0 to Atletico in the first leg of the last-16 tie a fortnight ago at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The Portugal global forward's goals took the Bianconeri into the quarterfinals and kept him in the hunt for a sixth Champions League title - a fourth in a row - and he reflected on a "magic" night.

Juventus enter this match in strong form after the team won 4-1 at home against Udinese in their last outing. In the Champions League, he helped Madrid beat Atletico in two finals (2014 and 2016), one quarterfinal (2015) and one semifinal (2017).

The former France worldwide watched another of his former clubs, Manchester United, secure an improbable victory over hosts Paris Saint-Germain despite trailing 2-0 from the first leg.

The 2015 and 2017 finalists signed the Real Madrid legend in a bid to help them go one step further in Europe and win a trophy they last lifted in 1996.

"These are the great nights, the fantastic ones: the Champions League nights", he continued.


Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their third goal against Frosinone during their Serie A match at Allianz Stadium, Turin, February 15, 2019.

Griezmann said Ronaldo, who has 25 goals in 33 games against Atletico, "is a great player" but had been given too many opportunities by the Atleti defence. Bernardo Silva played the full 90 minutes for Pep Guardiola's side, for whom Sergio Aguero (2), Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus were also on the scoresheet.

"These are two different matches, the first leg and second leg".

He added: "In the first game, we defended well and he had no chances".

Ronaldo did get the second goal three minutes after the break.

Ronaldo had experienced a quiet Champions League campaign before Tuesday night, having scored just once in six total appearances.

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