Real hope Ronaldo can outscore City



May 4, 2016
Real hope Ronaldo can outscore City

Man of the hour Christiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid are hoping the fit-again Cristiano Ronaldo can lead them back to the Champions League final.

Strike partner Karim Benzema remains a doubt for tonight’s return match with Manchester City at 8.45pm.

Ronaldo completed a full training session on Monday for the first time since injuring his hamstring against Villarreal last month and is expected to start the semifinal second leg against City who were held to a 0-0 home draw in the first game.

Benzema, who is also nursing a hamstring problem, could only do running exercises on Monday.

The 10-times European champions scraped a 1-0 win at Real Sociedad in La Liga on Saturday without their two top scorers.

Portugal marksman Ronaldo took no part in last week’s tie in Manchester while France forward Benzema went off at halftime.

Although 2014 champs Real had the better chances, they were noticeably lightweight up front in the second period.

The club’s all-time leading scorer Ronaldo has 47 goals in all competitions this season.

His hattrick in the quarterfinal second leg against Wolfsburg overturned a two-goal deficit from the first match, avoiding an embarrassing exit for Zinedine Zidane’s side.

Meanwhile, City coach Manuel Pellegrini made eight changes to his team against Southampton on Sunday, in preparation for the trip to Madrid, but the plan backfired as they lost 4-2.

The Chilean was unapologetic about resting his stars as his side look to reach a first final.

Real are eyeing their 14th final appearance and are also unbeaten in their last four Champions League matches at the Bernabeu against English opposition.

And they believe home advantage will help them, with midfielder Casemiro saying: “Home advantage will help. The fans have to support us, we’re counting on them and I’m sure they won’t let us down.

“When they get behind us they help a lot. Manchester City have to feel that the Bernabeu is strong.”

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