19 Sep Atletico Madrid vs Juventus:’Cristiano Ronaldo is a target animal’ – Diego Simeone concerned about confronting Portugal celebrity
The Atletico Madrid trainer is fearful of this harm the Portuguese superstar can do to his side, was knocked him out last year
Diego Simeone has clarified Cristiano Ronaldo as a’goal creature’ before Atletico Madrid’s meeting with Juventus in the Champions League.
The group met in the circular 16 last year as Juventus overturned a 2-0 deficit in the first leg by winning 3-0 at Turin, courtesy of a hat-trick by Ronaldo.
And Simeone is well aware of the perils of underestimating an adversary he’s confronted many occasions in La Liga, if the Portuguese celebrity wore the white of Atletico’s city rivals Real Madrid.
“It is hard to become prepared to confront a participant like Cristiano Ronaldo. He is a target creature,” Simeone said in his pre-match media conference.
“He’s amazing amounts and he makes sure everybody is aware of what’s happening round the box.
“It is hard to control this. He’s got excellent skills with his mind, together with his shooting, making moves, running into area – what could I say about his ability? We have already endured against him, occasionally we have won and occasionally we have lost.
“It is clear he is a target creature.”
Ronaldo boasts an excellent scoring record against Atletico, using notched 25 occasions against them throughout his livelihood from only 33 meetings.
He’s handled seven goals out of eight matches in the Champions League, 12 out of 16 games in La Liga, and six from only seven Copa del Rey clashes.
The single team Ronaldo has scored more goals against is just another Spanish ensemble in Sevilla, together with all the 34-year-old with racked up a whopping 27 targets from only 18 looks against a side that will have been happy to see him move to Italy.
Simeone’s side will be eager to prevent taking Sevilla’s location in Ronaldo’s private scoring documents, however, because they seem to advance from a Champions League group too comprising Bayer Leverkusen and Lokomotiv Moscow.
Atletico had topped the fledgling Liga table before a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Real Sociedad, who finished their ideal start and enabled Sevilla to leapfrog them in the summit of this league.
Juventus also dropped points at the build-up for their European fixture, slumping into a 0-0 draw with Fiorentina and falling two points behind Inter at Serie A.