first team / Champions League

"We're vaccinated"

Published on the 17 December 2010 à 19:20

After training Cris looked at the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League.

"We know it will be difficult. There is respect for Real, for what it is, for all they have won. It went well last season but that is another story. Two-legged matches are always very difficult, so there is no good or bad draw. We will have to be prepared, well in our heads. I think it will be tougher than last season. They have an experienced coach (Jose Mourinho) who knows how to play this kind of game. They have also recruited well. The fact that they have never beaten us could be an element in our favour. The first match will be very important. It will be my seventh game against Real".

"Each time, I'm happy to come up against great players and a great atmosphere. Karim (Benzema) is always a dangerous player who can make a difference if he wants. Last season, Madrid lacked respect for us in the second game, which motivated us. It will not happen this season, particularly because of their coach. There should be respect on both sides. Last season, we reached the semi-final, this proves that we do not play in the European Cup to stop at the last 16 stage. So we will try to do the same thing. We are already vaccinated. If I had to give a percentage, I would say that the Real favorite is 60-40 since the return match will be played in Madrid. Last season, it was already 60 to 40 or 70 - 30 for Real".