Carlos confident of Madrid progress

Roberto Carlos has warned his former side Real Madrid of the pitfalls Manchester United represent tonight, but is confident for their progression.

Los Blancos kick off their Champions League Last 16 second leg at Old Trafford behind on away goals, after the 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.

For former full-back Carlos, though, the Spanish have the tools at their disposal to win through, even if it will be a difficult game.

“Madrid can play well, they are confident. The great difficulty is that the game is at Old Trafford, but Madrid can still progress through,” the Brazilian enthused to AS this week.

“We thought at the Bernabeu that Madrid were going to concede three to United. It will be a difficult game, more so than the two against Barcelona.

“The English are very well positioned on the pitch, they are a team that is focused for 90 minutes. Manchester United are a very dangerous team.”

Carlos picked out Jose Mourinho has potentially having the game-changing impact tonight.

“Currently he is the Real Madrid Coach and he can decide games by himself. Given his experience, for his character, there is much that people do not realise.

“In tonight’s game Mourinho can be the reference for the team in relation to the XI that play and the changes he can make. In the game, Mourinho will be very important for Madrid to progress through.”

The current Anzhi sporting director also had some words on Cristiano Ronaldo, and suggested that Madrid’s success on the pitch may rely predominantly on him.

“Today we see a Cristiano that makes a difference on the team. He is doing everything to deserve the Ballon d’Or next year, as he is the world’s best player. He’s doing a great job and is the reference for Madrid.

“It is not the same as Barcelona having Puyol, Xavi and Iniesta. Madrid lives Cristiano, Madrid breathes Cristiano, and if Cristiano is not on form tonight, Madrid will suffer even more.”

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