Thursday, 7 March 2013

The Real Madrid coach has nothing but praise for his star player, but has pointed out that he needs his team-mates in order to shine Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho believes that Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world, but has insisted that not even the prolific attacker can do things on his own.

The Portugal international netted the winner in Madrid's 3-2 Champions League round of 16 win on aggregate over Manchester United, but Mourinho has made it clear that Ronaldo needs the team in order to shine.

"We never say that Cristiano is responsible when we lose a game, and we can’t think that he is the only one who wins it. Without the team he isn’t anything, but the team without him isn’t the same," the Madrid coach told ITV Sport.

"Cristiano is the best in the world. I saw [Diego] Maradona a couple times and I’ve never seen Pele, but Cristiano is incredible. This man is the best.

"But even he can’t win on his own. The key is in the team."

Ronaldo has already netted 40 goals in 41 official appearances so far this term.
The Brazil international believes his Chelsea team-mate has matured since arriving from Internacional, but he is still trying to help the midfielder with his quiet personality
Chelsea defender David Luiz is convinced that team-mate Oscar will be among the best players in the world if he overcomes his shyness.
The midfielder's Stamford Bridge career started in outstanding fashion as he bagged two goals against Juventus in the Champions League, but since the arrival of Rafa Benitez he has often found himself on the bench.
Fellow Brazilian Luiz believes that his problem at the moment is his shyness, but he is certain that will fade away just like his insistence on shooting whenever possible.
Luiz told reporters: "I try to help him every day with this [his shyness]. I tell him he's an amazing player with the talent to make the difference and change every game. I tell him to be happy and trust in his football.
"Some players need this. My job is to give confidence to the guys like Oscar. He is so shy but I say, 'come on, you have the quality to be in a side with the best players in the world and you have the opportunity to show that'.
"Some guys in Brazil don't, they have the quality but they don't have the opportunity to come to Europe and show the world what an amazing player they are. So, I say, 'come on, don't be shy, show your quality'.
"He is a young guy who wants to learn every day. Every game now he is more intelligent. He can grab the game and he's waiting for the moment to decide the games.
"When he first came he was so excited and wanted to do everything. With the first ball, he wanted to shoot. But now he's more mature. We need this guy for a long time at Chelsea."
With the Blues strength in defence, Luiz has also found himself on the bench at times. Though he admits it is frustrating, he says he understands the need for squad depth.
He continued: "When you are on the bench and you are fit, it is a bad feeling.

"I don't like it but I understand sometimes you need to play other players. If you want to do just your own thing and play always, play an individual sport like tennis."
Chelsea face a tricky test away to Steaua Bucharest on Thursday night in the Europa League, and although the club's focus remains finishing as high as possible in the Premier League, Luiz would love to add another European title to his CV.
Luiz said: "This is a great opportunity to win a European title. Last season was Champions League and people were happy but we are hungry again.
"This is the way to think if you play for a big club. We are looking for the Europa League title."

The Frenchman was diagnosed with a tumour in his liver in March 2011, yet featured for the full 90 minutes in Barca's 3-1 Champions League final win over Manchester United hardly two months later.

Abidal was dealt another blow in March 2012, though, when it was announced that he needed to undergo a liver transplant, and the defender has since been working on his recovery.

"Everything Eric has done and everything he has fought for is admirable. No-one truly knows how hard he has worked to be able to train with the team again," Messi told reporters.

"It was very difficult when we found out [he had cancer] but his strength has united the whole team. How much he can contribute to the team is irrelevant, the important thing is that he is here with us.

"The illnesses to Tito [Vilanova] and Abidal have had a huge effect on us but we are a strong team and we will overcome this."

Abidal was recently given the green light by Barca's medical staff in late February and could make his comeback in the upcoming weeks.
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 the things roaring on after they thrashed celtic 5-0

After dismantling Scottish side Celtic 5-0 on aggregate in the Champions League, the reigning Italian champions Juventus look to go even further in a competition where they've been disappointing historically.
The January transfer window did little to change the nucleus which spearheaded Juventus to their near historic 49 game undefeated streak in Serie A.
Led by the backbone of the Italian national team, La Vecchia Signora has built an enviable chemistry, staying faithful to a 3-5-2 formation that has been their recipe for success in the past year.
This core of players is still intact, and the relationship they've formed under coach Antonio Conte is enough to get by the toughest of European rivals.
The biggest test for the Bianconeri came against former Champions League winners Chelsea, but Juve defeated them 3-0 in Turin, showing the world just how formidable they can be against top opposition. Also, fans got a glimpse of just how intimidating their brand new Juventus Stadium can be.
Juventus boasts one of the finest midfields in world football, coupled with a sensational back line and the legendary Gianluigi Buffon in goal. What's even more impressive is their depth, as they can bring on the likes of young starlet Paul Pogba off the bench along with an array of quality defenders like Martin Caceres.

What chance do you give Juventus to win the Champions League?

Really, the only problem with the squad is in the attack. Last season, Alessandro Matri was their leading striker domestically with 10 goals. This season, the now hardly utilized Fabio Quagliarella and inconsistent Sebastian Giovinco lead the way with seven strikes each.
With their revolving door upfront, it seems Antonio Conte has finally found his best pair with the mercurial Mirko Vucinic and Alessandro Matri, who is currently enjoying a great spell both domestically and in Europe.
However, this is not an attack you'd normally associate with a team competing for the Champions League, and it becomes even clearer that their midfield needs to take up some of the offensive duties. Despite this, the team camaraderie and poise is enough to make Juventus one of the most fearsome sides in Europe.
As a matter of fact, Juventus has not been scored on in 490 minutes in the Champions League. Incredibly, the last time they conceded a goal in this competition was back on October 23th, 2011 in a 1-1 tie against Nordsjaelland.
If Milan can successfully knock out the mighty Barcelona, only Real Madrid would be favored against the Bianconeri in a two-legged affair. Even so, it would be one of the closest and most enthralling games of the year.
Simply put, a Champions League triumph would be the ultimate reward for a team and fan base that has suffered tremendously in recent years.