Cristiano Ronaldo spoke to Juventus TV on Sunday: “I think this team is having an exceptional season, especially in Serie A. We have a large lead over the second team, the squad is strong and we are happy for our performances. We have took home the Supercoppa against Milan, our goal now is Scudetto and obviously Champions League.”
“The lads are fine and confident, we believe in the comeback. We want to have a special night. Atletico Madrid are tough, everybody knows it: they defend well, they do not take chances and counter. But we are ready, we want to do everything we can in order to beat them. The details will make the difference, but we want to advance. This is how football is made: nobody expected to lose in the first leg, but everything can happen and we want to bounce back at home, in front of our crowd.”
On his work method: “I have no secret, if not my dedication. I have fun, I love this sport here in Italy like I have done in Spain and England. It is a pleasure for me to score and help my team win. I am happy.”
He closed by addressing the fans: “I want them to think positively on Tuesday. You have to believe, it is possible, but we need your help. Let’s make the Stadium beautiful together. We will do our job on the pitch, we will try to score and win and we need their support.”
In a quite surprising turn of events, the leaders of the Curva Sud, who have been on strike for a while, have changed their mind and will resume chanting on Tuesday. Despite the fact that they openly clashed with other fans on Friday night, when they were showered with boos when they broke their silence at the 39th minute as usual, and some graffiti insulting Andrea Agnelli popped up near the stadium in the weekend, they have opted for a one-game truce for the sake of the team.
Massimiliano Allegri got a good piece of news in the Saturday training session as Douglas Costa was able to participate fully and will therefore be available, at least in limited fashion, on Tuesday. Mattia De Sciglio, who would have deputized for the suspended Alex Sandro, is unlikely to recover from a thigh ailment and Martin Caceres is the favourite to fill in for him, which could tilt the system towards a three-man defence.
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