Cristiano Ronaldo has warned Real Madrid’s Champions League rivals that they are “ready” to lift an 11th European cup this season.
Ronaldo scored one and set up another on his record 59th appearance in the Champions League knockout stages as Madrid defeated last-16 opponents Roma 2-0 in Thursday’s second leg and 4-0 on aggregate, and the Portuguese is optimistic about achieving La Undecima sooner rather than later.
“I’m happy. We achieved the objective that we set out to, which was to win and get into the quarter-finals,” he told UEFA.com.
“The side played well, we scored twice again and we’re delighted.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game. Roma also had their chances and could have scored one or two goals, but we also had a lot of opportunities.
“It was an even game in the first half, but in the second Real Madrid played better, created more chances and scored two very important goals.
“Keylor [Navas] has been a crucial player from the start of the season.
“In my opinion, he’s one of the side’s best players and is a top keeper. He’s playing very well and I'm made up for him.
“Who we get doesn’t matter. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
“There’s still a long way to go in the Champions League. We know that the quarters and semis will be even more difficult, but the team is ready.”