Ralf Rangnick backs Cristiano Ronaldo to replicate Spurs display vs Atletico Madrid

Ralf Rangnick backs Cristiano Ronaldo to replicate Spurs display vs Atletico Madrid

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has backed Cristiano Ronaldo to replicate his Spurs performance against Atletico Madrid.

Man United will host Atleti at Old Trafford on Tuesday night in the Champions League round of 16 return leg.

The first tie ended 1-1 apiece, with Anthony Elanga scoring the equaliser late in the game.

Cristiano Ronaldo was relatively quiet in the game at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano but was aggressive against Tottenham last weekend, scoring a hat-trick to help Manchester United beat Spurs 3-2.

Though the Portuguese icon has made a name for himself as Atletico Madrid’s worst nightmare, Rangnick still believes it’s hard for any player to score three goals against the Spanish side.

However, that didn’t convince the German boss to rule out Ronaldo’s chances of doing so against his old foes.

Rangnick on Ronaldo: “His overall performance [against Tottenham] was good, if not very good, and this is what we hope to see from him again tomorrow night.

Ralf Rangnick backs Cristiano Ronaldo to replicate his Tottenham performance against Atletico Madrid
Ralf Rangnick backs Cristiano Ronaldo to replicate his Tottenham performance against Atletico Madrid

“I’m not worried that he’s [Ronaldo] not been able to recover, he’s always been a person that looks after himself and his body, he knows what to do.

“If he can score another three goals, we will see. It’s not easy to score three goals against this team at all.

“It’s not just about Cristiano, it’s about the whole team, we saw in the first half in Madrid, what we shouldn’t do, how we shouldn’t play and this was a big topic for us yesterday and today, pre-match before tomorrow’s game.

“We have to know what it takes and tactically takes and the rest is about energy.”

A win over Atletico Madrid will take them to the Champions League quarter-final alongside the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester City, Liverpool and Bayern Munich, who last week all qualifed for the last eight.