Cristiano Ronaldo believes Real Madrid are ready for a do-or-die outing against Malaga FC, having reached the peak of their 2016/17 La Liga campaign and needing just a point to clinch victory.
On the night of May 22, both Barca and Madrid will face their opponents for a game of wits but the odds seem to favor Zinedine Zidane’s men for a reason.
La Blaugranas will play at home against a low-rated Eibar. However, the end result or goal difference won’t matter, only if Los Blancos escapes defeat in the hands of Albicelestes.
Meanwhile, the 32-year-old Portuguese footballer says he’s confident that Madrid will achieve the feat.
Victory in the game will mark Los Blancos’ first La Liga title in the last five years with the prospects of winning a historical back-to-back Champions League trophy.
“We still have one game to go,” C. Ronaldo told reporters after the game against Celta.
He continued: “We know we have to keep going until the end. We played very well today, but we showed we are in good form and feeling confident. We know Malaga will be strong in their home.
Image shows Cristiano Ronaldo against Malaga.
“But we must think about ourselves and trust in ourselves that we can win it.
“We are going there to win the game, that is always the objective of this team. We are Real Madrid and we must show we are the best team and the champions.”
“You win things at the end of the season,” said the World Best Player.
Ronaldo expressed admiration for Zidane who thought it wise to rest his best player for the all-important game.
In his words: “The boss has managed things very well this year.
“We have a very good squad, with lots of good young players and others with experience. I have rested a bit more this year, to be good at the end of the season.
“It has gone well, this is when things are decided. I am doing well and helping the team with goals at the moment. So I am happy.”
Image: Cristiano Ronaldo
Madrid plays their UEFA Champions League final against Juventus in Cardiff on 3 June, 2017, but CR7 says his teammates aren’t bothered about the Italians.
“We just think about Sunday at the moment,” Ronaldo said. “Then we will have two weeks to prepare well for the Champions League, but now we just think about Malaga.”