Cristiano Ronaldo has said that the pressure at Real Madrid is much more intense than at Manchester United ahead of the two sides’ mouthwatering clash in the last 16 of the Champions League on February 13th.
Speaking to FIFA.com, the Ballon D’Or nominee said that the focus as Madrid to win their tenth European Cup is suffocating at times.
“They’re the best two clubs in the world and that’s why it’s always difficult to be successful with them. They’ve got positive things and less positive things. I think there’s more pressure at Madrid than at United,” he said.
“I’ve been here for three-and-a-half years now and I think that’s the case because everyone involved in totally focused on winning the club’s tenth European Cup. That creates a certain amount of anxiety, which can be felt at all times.”
Madrid have struggled for much of this season and trail Barcelona by 15 points in La Liga, and seven points behind city rivals Atletico.
Manager Jose Mourinho has as much as conceded the title and looks to be heading for the exit at the end of the season.
All focus is on the Champions League now in the Bernabeu and Ronaldo admits that such intensity about the competition can effect the performance on the pitch.
“The pressure is too great and that sometimes it can affect us. But we have to try and rise above it and not let what people say get to us, particularly the media, as Real Madrid get spoken about every day,” he said.
Though the Portugese says that it is not impossible the win the title, he knows that the Champions League is now the main priority and says that facing his old club is somewhat of a spanner in the works.
“Every Madridista wants that tenth European Cup – we’re more than aware of that. Last season we fell just short, which was very frustrating.
“Fortunately we’ve got the opportunity to set the record straight this year, though the fact we face Manchester United next makes it more difficult.”
Ronaldo scored two as Madrid beat Valencia 5-0 last night, after scoring all five in the first half at the Mestalla.