Mourinho: ‘The fans will show Ronaldo the respect he deserves’

Manchester United host Juventus at Old Trafford tonight as Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Manchester for the first time in black and white. Speaking to Manchester United’s official website, Mourinho gave an interview, in which he spoke about Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford – as well as giving his thoughts ahead of the clash:

“The Chelsea match? I was also proud of the boys and I think the feeling is positive. I think everybody is still a little bit sad with the result. Normally, a draw at Stamford Bridge is a good result for us. It was a bad result and that still lives with us but we are positive because we played really well, we know that and we feel that it. That is positive for a big match like the Juventus one.”

“It’s opponents of this level of football that you want, to be in the Champions League. You cannot be in the Champions League and expect not to play and not to enjoy these opponents. I think they are always a candidate and, this season, they are more than a candidate. So it’s fantastic for us. I said before the Chelsea game that Chelsea-Juventus in three days, for some, is a nightmare. For me, it’s not a nightmare, it’s just where I want to be and I thought I was quite successful in giving this feeling to the boys before the Chelsea match. I think it’s easier now to give the same feeling for this match and we have to enjoy it. Nobody can kill our desire to play that game and try to win.”

“Juventus? It’s amazing. I only played against Juventus with Inter [Milan] – never with my other clubs. Not Chelsea, not Porto, not Real. So this is the first time I play them outside of the league context and in European competition. In Italy, it was more than a match because everybody knows the history between Inter and Juventus and that rivalry. In this case, it’s just rivals in the sense of big clubs in Europe. In this moment, Juventus are with different footballistic power but, as I’m saying, nobody can stop us going into the game and to think we can win.”

“Ronaldo? He came back with me in Real Madrid [in 2013]. It was a knockout match [in the last-16 stage], and I know how much he loves Manchester United. I know that but I also know how much he wanted to win here and score against Manchester United and win against Manchester United, because he did that with Real. He scored and they won. So, tomorrow, more of the same. The fans will show the respect he deserves. He will show that to the fans too. I know that he really loves the club but when the ball starts rolling, he wants to score and he wants to win.”