Carlo Ancelotti has no concerns over Cristiano Ronaldo’s form or fitness and says the striker just needs a goal to kickstart himself.
The Real Madrid forward is going through a relative barren spell by his standards, with no goals in his last three games. Some reports have suggested his is carrying a knee injury, but ahead of his team’s clash with Schalke in the Champions League, the boss said Ronaldo is fine.
“Against Deportivo, I thought he was good from a physical point of view. He was able for the intensity of the game and he’s making progress. He hasn’t scored yet but tomorrow (Wednesday) is the next chance for him to get one,” he told a press conference after arriving in Germany.
The Italian confirmed centre back Pepe has recovered from injury and will be in the squad, but Real will be without Luke Modric, James Rodriguez and Sergio Ramos among others.
Speaking about the chance to win the trophy again this year, Ancelotti spoke of the team’s dream to become the first club to lift the Champions League back-to-back since it took on its current format.
“We were here last year with a dream to win the Champions League. We are here this year and we have the same dream. History says that it will be really difficult – almost impossible – but we have to try,” he commented.