Cristiano Ronaldo is firing on all cylinders again after recovering from his hamstring injury, according to Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti.
The Italian watched his talisman score two spectacular goals on Saturday evening in the 4-0 win over Osasuna at the Santiago Bernabeu – something that would not have gone unnoticed in Munich too, where Champions League holder Bayern await on Tuesday night.
At his press conference after the game, Ancelotti said the 29-year-old former Manchester United player is back to his best and will be ready for the big test at the Allianz Arena.
“Everything went well for Cristiano and for all of the players. There were no problems and some have had a rest. The match was good, not high intensity, and Cristiano showed he is fine. He played with more security and confidence than on Wednesday,” the boss stated.
Switching his attention to the second leg of the Champions League semi-final, in which Real Madrid hold a 1-0 lead, Ancelotti expressed his confidence in the players and urged them to be calm on the night.
“I’m sure that I am going to pick an XI with a lot of desire and illusion. Everyone needs to be calm as we are going to prepare well. I have a lot of confidence in the players and they all need to have it. The objective is to score and not defend. This is the line we’re going to work along,” he commented.
Ancelotti also paid tribute to Tito Vilanova and echoed Florentino Perez’ comments but saying everyone connected to the club offers their support to those at Barcelona as such a sad time.
“We are saddened because he is a colleague that has left is. Now all our support goes to the family and Barcelona, because they’ve lost an important figure for the club,” he stated.