The Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has said that the Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo is going to be extremely important for the Spanish club when they take on Manchester United in the second leg of the Champions League last 16 stage. The 27-year-old scored in the first leg match between the two clubs.
Even though Casillas will not be part of the second leg at Old Trafford, the 31-year-old will be keen to progress into the quarter-final stage of the competition. Casillas is one of the few members of the squad who have already won the Champions league title with Real Madrid.
Madrid will be coming into the match with great confidence after having beaten the likes of Barcelona in two matches in the last few weeks.
Casillas has said that it is imperative that Madrid are extremely good in attack. The Spanish club need to score in order to have any chance of progressing to the next round. Ronaldo has already said that he would not be celebrating his he scores against United at Old Trafford. The possibility of him achieving the feat looks extremely likely, as Ronaldo has been on a great run of form in recent weeks. He has recently been responsible for scoring in consecutive El Clasico matches as well.
“Cristiano is vital for us. Right now he’s in sensational form and gives us his maximum. It will be difficult as they also know how to play and their ground is tough to play at. We have to transfer what we did here at Camp Nou to Old Trafford. It is also 1-1 and we have to score and keep a clean sheet. That’s the aim that we’re going with,” Casillas. Madrid will be giving an intense focus on European competitions this season especially because they cannot win the league this season.