Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo unfazed by UCL quarterfinal draw
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo says his side are ready to take on whoever they get in the draw for the quarterfinals of this season's Champions League.
Madrid progressed to the last eight of the competition 4-0 on aggregate after Tuesday's 2-0 win at home to Roma in their round-of-16 second leg, with Ronaldo scoring the opening goal and laying on the second for teammate James Rodriguez.
The Champions League is now Los Blancos' only realistic chance of success this season -- with Barcelona 12 points clear of them in the Liga table, and the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu outfit's Copa del Rey campaign cut short when they fielded an ineligible player in an early round.
With Barca, Bayern Munich and Manchester City among the potential rivals ahead of the Champions League draw next Friday March 18 in Nyon, Madrid's all-time record goal scorer told UEFA.com that he did not have a preference for their next opponent and knew his team would face a tough task.
"Who we get doesn't matter," Ronaldo said. "We'll just have to wait and see what happens. There's still a long way to go in the Champions League. We know that the quarters and semis will be even more difficult, but the team is ready."
After scoring his 13th goal already in this season's competition, Ronaldo said he was happy with how the team had played against a Roma side who had competed well.
"I'm happy," Ronaldo said. "We achieved the objective that we set out to, which was to win and get into the quarter-finals. The side played well, we scored twice again and we're delighted. We knew it was going to be a tough game. Roma also had their chances and could have scored one or two goals, but we also had a lot of opportunities. It was an even game in the first half, but in the second Real Madrid played better, created more chances and scored two very important goals."
Ronaldo's strike in the victory took the forward to 40 goals for the season in all competitions.
Madrid goalkeeper Navas was kept busy by Roma's attackers, but still managed to keep an eighth consecutive clean sheet -- setting the second longest unbeaten run by any goalkeeper ever in the competition.
"Keylor has been a crucial player from the start of the season," Ronaldo said. "In my opinion, he's one of the side's best players and is a top keeper. He's playing very well and I'm made up for him."