Real Madrid are going to need a “perfect” performance to overcome Wolfsburg in the Champions League quarter-finals, according to Cristiano Ronaldo. The teams meet tonight at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium with Madrid trailing 2-0 from the first leg and trying to reach the semi-finals for the sixth time in a row.
“It must be a perfect night,” Madrid forward Ronaldo said. “Those of us on the pitch need to run, fight and play with intensity for 90 minutes. Obviously, with the fans helping and supporting us, it will be easier. I hope that it will be a magical night and I am very excited.”
Ronaldo said Real will also need “patience” to get the goals they need, which shouldn’t be a problem considering the team’s impressive record at the Bernabeu recently.
The ten-time European champions have scored at least two goals in 12 of their last 13 games at the stadium, with an average of almost five goals per match. They have won every game except for a 1-0 loss to city rivals Atletico Madrid in the Spanish league in February.
Among the victories were a 7-1 rout of Celta Vigo, a 10-2 thrashing of Rayo Vallecano and an 8-0 trouncing of Malmo in the group stage of the Champions League.
“We know it will be difficult because we have to come from two goals down, but when things get tough we can do great things at the Bernabeu,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said.
Real have won 18 of their 21 games at the Bernabeu this season, with the setbacks coming against Atletico, Malaga (0-0 draw) and Barcelona (4-0 loss). They have won all of their four games at home in this season’s Champions League by outscoring opponents 15-0.
“We’ve kept up the good rhythm at the Bernabeu recently,” Madrid defender Dani Carvajal said. “We have to be intense from the start and we’ll need the support of the fans. Together, I’m certain we’ll all be in the semi-finals.”
Wolfsburg defender Naldo is expecting a different outcome.
“Everyone thinks Real will score three, four goals,” Naldo said. “But if we stay compact, we can make it very difficult for them.”