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Juve's Ronaldo returns to Spain to face Valencia

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Juve's Ronaldo returns to Spain to face Valencia

Juve's Ronaldo returns to Spain to face Valencia

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri says Cristiano Ronaldo has added a level of esteem to his side.


Juve's Ronaldo returns to Spain to face Valencia


(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) JUVENTUS COACH, MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI, SAYING: "The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo has boosted our self-esteem.

The best player in the world has arrived at Juventus.

He is the player that, in the last 11 years, has being topping, along with Messi, the european goal scorers chart.

Those are just facts." 2.



(SOUNDBITE) (Italian) JUVENTUS DEFENDER, GIORGIO CHIELLINI, SAYING: "We feel like we are growing as a team.

Every year we have being growing.

But we are aware that we should not consider ourselves favourites or think that the Champions (trophy) is already ours.

We know the difficulties of this competition.

Tomorrow we are going to have the first taste of this.

We know that the most important thing is to be in top form by March." 5.

RONALDO SMILING AND SHOWING THUMPS UP STORY: Cristiano Ronaldo is fuelling expectations for Juventus to succeed in the Champions League, coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Tuesday (September 18).

Ronaldo is ready to make an eagerly-awaited return to Spain when the Italian champions play Valencia on Wednesday (September 19), and the Portuguese is likely to be feeling confident after scoring his first two goals for Juventus at the weekend against Sassuolo.

All eyes will be on the Portuguese forward, the all-time top scorer in Europe's elite competition and a five-times winner of the trophy, when he makes his first public appearance in Spain since ending a trophy-filled nine-year stay at Real in July.

Ronaldo's last act for Real was lifting the Champions League trophy in Kiev after beating Liverpool 3-1 in the final before he dropped the bombshell in a pitch-side interview that he had decided to leave Madrid.

Ronaldo can expect a hostile reception in Valencia, who had to suffer 15 of his goals for Real and are returning to the Champions League for the first time in three years, hoping to improve on their poor start to the La Liga campaign.

Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral and Daniel Parejo said the team will not change their tactics in order to try and stop Ronaldo.

Juventus, knocked out in the quarter-finals of last season's competition by a Ronaldo-inspired Real Madrid, will be looking to make a strong start in Group H, which also contains Swiss champions Young Boys and Manchester United, where Ronaldo became a household name before joining Real in 2009.

Allegri said Douglas Costa will be on the bench in their next Champions League match.

He said he was sorry to watch his player spit on a rival in Juventus' match against Sassuolo but added the Brazilian winger has the opportunity to prove it was an isolated action that he will never repeat.

Juventus will miss centre back Andrea Barzagli who sustained a calf injury during a training session.

Valencia will be without Argentinean defender Ezequiel Garay, who is still recovering from a blow to his knee.

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