Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has said the only way to stop Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo is by giving him little space.
Ronaldo has already netted nine goals in six matches for the Spanish side in the Champions League and the German defender says only a defensive-minded side can stop the former Manchester United star from scoring when both sides meet in Wednesday’s semi-final, first-leg at the Allianz Arena.
“We can only stop Cristiano Ronaldo as a team,” Boateng told German magazine Kicker. “In front of goal, he’s like a machine.
“You can’t shut him out completely, he always gets his chances in a game, because of the lines he runs and his excellent timing.
“Real base their game around him and it’s important we give him as little room as possible.”