Manchester United draw Real Madrid in the Champions League
Emilio Butragueno, Real Madrid's director of institutional relations, claimed it would be a special tie for Cristiano Ronaldo after the Spanish champions were drawn against Manchester United in the last sixteen of the Champions League.
December 20th, 2012
It’s a mouth-watering tie which looks like a tall order for the Red Devils, although they will be encouraged by the way that Manchester City twice led at the Bernabeu during the group stage of the competition, while Real only managed to finish second in Group D behind Borussia Dortmund.
Butragueno said on www.uefa.com: “I am sure it will be a special game for him (Ronaldo). He’s a great professional. I’m sure he’s going to do his best to help us qualify. It’s going to very, very special for him.
“It will be a thrilling experience for everyone. Manchester United are not only a great team but a great organisation known around the world.
“But we know it’s going to be tough, Sir Alex Ferguson has been there over 25 years and he’s a fantastic manager – he knows how to get the best out of his players and they have top players, but we are Real Madrid and we will try our best.
“I know the coaches have a great relationship. We are very happy with him [Mourinho] and I hope he’s going to lead the team to the Champions League to make our fans feel proud of the team.”
Arsenal face a similarly difficult match when they face a Bayern Munich side that made short work of qualifying, while favourites Barcelona have been pitted against AC Milan.
Celtic are up against Juventus which will delight their hoards of supporters although it will take something special from the Scottish champions to beat their Italian counterparts.