Manchester United will advance to the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a win over Spanish champions Atletico Madrid at Old Trafford on March 15.
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Anthony Elanga’s late strike saved a draw for the Red Devils in Spain on Wednesday and the winner of the second leg on March 15 will advance to the quarter-finals.
And Ronaldo, who has won the Champions League five times in his illustrious career, wants his United colleagues to benefit from the Old Trafford atmosphere.
“It’s always a great feeling to be back in Madrid, one of the few cities in the world that I’ve learned to call ‘home’,” Ronaldo wrote on Twitter. Instagram after Wednesday’s game.
“Great emotions, great players, great game, this is the Champions League! Mother of all club competitions!
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“We now have the opportunity to close this for us at our stadium, showing everyone why Old Trafford is and will always be the Theater of Dreams.
“Last but not least, thank you to our amazing supporters! Your presence makes us stronger, and we will move forward together! Let’s go, Devil!”
United must win the Champions League this season if they are to end their five-year wait for a major title, although few have backed them to do so.
But Atletico is there to take it. The Spanish champions are going through a difficult season, needing a dramatic win over Porto to progress from the group stage.
They are also struggling in La Liga, ranked in 5th place and facing a battle for tickets to the Champions League next season.
United played poorly in the first half against Atletico – when Joao Felix headed home an early goal – but improved after time in search of the vital equalizer.
The winner of the second leg will advance, as away goals have now been ruled out.
Interim coach Ralf Rangnick said: “After the performance in the first half, it could only have been better because of the way we played in the first half.
“I still can’t believe what we did. We didn’t play convincingly, didn’t have the necessary aggressiveness on the ball and that’s why we really struggled in the half. one.
“In the second half we played much better, we held the ball in important areas, and I think with 10 minutes more we could have won the game.
“Again, we just have to play better than we did in the first half. I’m very disappointed with our performance in the first half.”
Elanga’s third goal in all competitions this season, as the 19-year-old Swede flourished under Rangnick’s influence.
“He is playing like a dream come true,” the German coach added.
“He’s just a joy and it’s fun to watch him play. I wish a few other players would take him as an example, or almost as a role model I would say, not for him. is doing everything right, but because he’s just enjoying himself on the pitch and that’s what it’s all about.
“Football is an important sport and even more so for our supporters or the media, but it’s still a ball game and you have to enjoy it to the fullest on the pitch.
“This is what I want us to do when we play them again in a few weeks.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/man-utd-atletico-madrid-ronaldo-26315767 Cristiano Ronaldo urges Man Utd teammates to make the most of opportunities at Old Trafford