Ronaldo not thinking about Barca…yet

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Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is more concerned about returning to fitness than facing Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final.

The Portuguese is a serious doubt for Real's quarter-final first leg against Tottenham as he struggles with a persistent thigh injury and - although Ronaldo has yet to officially rule himself out - he remains pessimistic about his chances.

"It's impossible to say at this stage. I'm getting treatment and relaxing," Ronaldo told Sport magazine.

"I'll do my best to be fit for those matches because the Champions League is so important to this club, and we all love to play in these important matches.

"But I know if I rush things I could make it worse. So I would rather miss out on the first match if it means I can play the second leg and the rest of the season. But we'll have to wait and see how it goes."

With many people already dreaming of a Champions League last four meeting between Real and Barca, Ronaldo is not prepared to look any further than last eight opponents Spurs, who have impressed the 26-year-old with their attacking style this season.

"It's really hard to say because they are a very unpredictable team to play against," he added.


"Nobody really thought they could win at the San Siro against Milan, or against the reigning champions, Inter, in London. I expect it will be tough because they play with a lot of confidence."

Ronaldo continued: "It's like they don't have anything to lose because we are favourites and the press are already talking about two semi-finals against Barcelona - but we must be cautious if we are to survive this tie."

Should Real dispatch of Spurs - and their Catalan rivals to the same to Shakhtar Donetsk - then Ronaldo says it would be a 'pleasure' to face the La Liga leaders, while Madrid will be looking for revenge.

"As I said before, I don't really think about the semi-final. It would be arrogant to think about matches beyond the next two. The only thing I can say is that it's always a pleasure playing against Barcelona," he said.

"We would like to get a second chance to show them that something went wrong when we met them the last time [the 5-0 La Liga defeat in November last year] and it won't happen again. That's for certain."

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