Manchester City’s defensive midfielder Fernando is confident that he will be able to stop Ronaldo from making an impact in the first leg of the UCL semi-final at Etihad stadium.
Fernando got the nickname of ‘The Octopus’ because he stopped the then Manchester United striker from scoring in the quarter final of the Champions League 7 years ago while playing for Porto.
“At the time Manchester United had a very strong team. They had Cristiano Ronaldo and (Wayne) Rooney was playing really well,” the Brazilian explained.
“But I played really well and stole quite a lot of balls and that’s when the Porto fans started calling me ‘The Octopus’; it was as if I had a lot of legs!”
The Brazilian player hoped that he will be able to replicate the same performance on Tuesday night’s clash against a great Real Madrid side.
“It was a great game I had against United and I hope on Tuesday it will be the same, against a great team like Real Madrid.”
“We know Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world, but the best approach is to focus and try to do our best, and hope he is not having his best night ever,” he added.
The City side have surprised quite a few people by making it to the semi-final of this year’s UEFA Champions League which is why the Brazilian is hopeful that they can go a step further and reach the final as well.
“It’s a great competition, the best in the world, and we have reached the semi-finals, so we want to do our best and try to reach the final, to write our name in history,” the midfielder said.
Fernando realizes the challenge posed by Real Madrid and their ability to score goals at will but he has faith in his team and they might surprise the Spanish giants.
“It will be difficult against Real Madrid, but we also have great players who are in a good moment, and I hope we can surprise them.”