Cristiano Ronaldo expects Manchester United to keep their bid to retain the Champions League alive with an historic victory in Wednesday’s quarterfinal second-leg match against Porto.
After last week’s 2-2 first leg draw at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson’s holders would need, at best, a 3-3 draw to go through, though in reality, the Premier League club are likely to need a win at the Dragao Stadium. It would be a daunting prospect even without the knowledge that no English team has ever beaten Porto on home soil in 12 attempts. Arsenal were defeated 2-0 there this season, while United have failed to win in Porto three times.
But United have specialised in making history down the years, so it is no surprise to hear Portugal winger Ronaldo, never a player short on self-belief, talking up his team’s chances of achieving another momentous first.
“We will win because Manchester United are the better team. I feel good and I’m ready," Ronaldo said.
“I think we have a better team than Porto but we have to respect them. I want to finish the season by winning the Premier League, FA Cup and the Champions League.”
London: Arsene Wenger can be excused a little smugness as he prepares his Arsenal side for Wednesday’s Champions League quarterfinal second leg at home to Villarreal as a bleak-looking season has suddenly burst into bloom.
Last week’s 1-1 draw in Spain makes Arsenal favourites to progress to the last four.