Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is confident that Los Blancos can overturn a one-goal deficit and beat Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday to reach the Champions League final. The Spaniards are trailing 2-1 from the first leg at the Allianz Arena but the Portugal captain believes his side can win on home turf and get a ticket to next month's final in Munich in search of a record 10th European title.
"We are well. I'm sure that at home we are going to win because we are playing in our stadium, in front of our own fans and we have everything we need to be able to win. It's going to be a very difficult game, but I'm hopeful of a Madrid win. They played at home and won, but we got a goal there, which is also important," ESPN quoted Ronaldo as saying.
"We know that Bayern, after the first leg, are to going to play on the counter-attack, but we also believe that they are going to have a lot of respect for us because we are playing at home. I hope we reach the final because it is very important to us players, to Real Madrid and to our fans throughout the world," the 27 year old added.
However, Ronaldo is wary of the threat that Bayern offer, especially in their frontline consisting of Mario Gomez, Franck Ribery and former Real winger Arjen Robben, who have scored 72 goals between them so far this season.
"The players who play up front concern us most. Gomez is one of the leading goalscorers in the Champions League, and Ribery and Robben are also very dangerous. They are very good up front, and at the back as well, but we have to be focused on the four in attack because it is one of them who will make the difference," the Portuguese captain stressed.
Meanwhile, former Real and Valencia goalkeeper Santiago Canizares has advised Bayern to play on the counterattack to get a positive result at the Bernabeu.
"Real Madrid are very strong at home and usually create a lot of chances. Bayern have the quality to withstand them though. I believe that it would be a good tactic to play on the counterattack. They have to stay organised on the ball, and charge forward whenever they win the ball," Goal.com quoted Canizares.
"Bayern were very motivated at the Allianz Arena and neutralised Madrid's star players. They didn't give away any space. They can make it to the final if they replicate that performance," the goalkeeper added.