CL: Real Madrid won't fear Juventus tonight, says James Rodriguez
Their one-goal deficit notwithstanding, forward believes Spanish heavyweights can still make it to the final with a dominant performance in second leg against Italian outfit
Madrid: Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez has warned Juventus that his side will show no fear as they look to overturn a 1-2 deficit in their Champions League tie and reach the final.
Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez. Pic/Getty Images
Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez scored to give the Italian side the lead in Turin before Cristiano Ronaldo halved the deficit for a vital away goal for his side before today’s semi-final second leg.
With Madrid looking to become the first side to retain the European crown in the Champions League era, James insists they know how Massimiliano Allegri’s men will approach the encounter but Los Blancos are not afraid.
“Madrid fear no one,” he told El Pais. “We respect many teams throughout the world, but we do not fear. We know what Italian teams are like. They defend well and we have to know how to address them. You must deal with it. If we play to our best, then we will be in the final.”
Ronaldo has scored 54 goals in 51 games in all competitions this season, but James insists the team must not be overly reliant on him. “Ronaldo cannot carry Real alone,” he added.
Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini says his side is eager to step into the Santiago Bernabeu and play the club's "most prestigious and important" match of the last 12 years against Real Madrid.
"We can't wait for Wednesday evening to come. This is the most prestigious and important game I'll be playing in since I joined the club.
We've never been as close as we are now, but we've still got 95 really tough minutes to get through," Chiellini told Juventus' website.