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16.01.2012
» Ronaldo: "I don't feel pressure when playing against Barcelona"

Cristiano Ronaldo dribbling Xavi, Daniel Alves and Gerard Piqué, in Barcelona vs Real Madrid, in 2011-2012

Cristiano Ronaldo talked with "DT", a popular Spanish magazine and unveiled his rituals and habits regarding the study of the defenders he'll have to play against. With Real Madrid and Barcelona measuring forces this Wednesday, Ronaldo also remarked that he doesn't get affected by the pressure coming from these games.

Just a couple of days before the titans clash in the "Clasico" between Real Madrid vs Barcelona, for the Copa del Rey 1st leg, Cristiano Ronaldo granted an interview to a Spanish magazine called "DT". The Portuguese player revealed how he usually prepares mentally before a game and he also assured that he doesn't feel any pressure for the upcoming matches against Barcelona. CR7 finished this interviewing by referring that even though he ranks La Liga and the English Premier League as the best in the World, he still believes that the EPL is more competitive than the Spanish league.

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Cristiano Ronaldo doing a nutmeg to Puyol, in Real Madrid vs Barcelona 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo: "Before games, what I usually do is to relax, so that pressure never gets to me. I always try to be positive about things and remain confident about my qualities in every single moment. I approach all my games as a new challenge and I always give my best so that I may keep improving my performances. My mental strenght is definately very important to me", noted Ronaldo when pointing out how crucial it is, to be well prepared psychologically in high level competitions, as it is his case.

When questioned about the intense rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona and the way that may affect his performances on the pitch, CR7 replied that he doesn't care much about the name of his opponent, as his objectives will always be the same. Cristiano Ronaldo: "I just want to win every match I play and also to perform well. This is what I always attempt to do: win and play well. This is where my motivation comes from, no matter who our opponent is. When we manage to be happy and enjoy playing football, we can only expect good things to happen to our team."

Cristiano Ronaldo left-foot strike, with Xavi looking powerless, in Real Madrid vs Barcelona 2011-2012

José Mourinho is known for meticulously studying every detail from his opponents. Those who thought that Cristiano Ronaldo could actually be different from his coach in that side of the game, were indeed disproved. Ronaldo: "It's true that I focus at small details. If a defender is faster than usual or if he has very strong skills defending, etc. However, I try not to pay too much attention in what others do or can do. We always have to improve and work at our own game and focus at developping our technique skills and levels, so that we may beat whoever plays against us. Doing simple passes, crossing the ball, whatever is the best for the team. We are professional players, so we shouldn't care much about the name of our opponents", stressed out CR7.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi entering the pitch at the Santiago Bernabéu, for a Real Madrid vs Barcelona Clasico, in 2011-2012

Last season, Real Madrid got very close to win the Spanish League, but ended by falling short to Barcelona in the last fixtures of the season. Cristiano Ronaldo is the first to admit that even though he got happy with performances at an individual level, he wouldn't hesitate in having scored 10 goals less, if that would mean his club could have won La Liga or the UEFA Champions League. Ronaldo: "It's true that the last season was most likely my best at an individual level, which necessarily makes me happy. However, I would have preferred to have scored 10 goals less, if that assured us that we would have won La Liga and other major competitions", said the Portuguese player.

Before ending the interview, Ronaldo was asked to comment about the differences between the Spanish and the English leagues, in a similar question from a past interview, granted a few weeks ago. Cristiano Ronaldo: "These two leagues are the best in the World, but I'll be very honest about this. The English Premier League is more competitive than La Liga", remarked CR7, giving rise to further speculation of a future move to England, to either Manchester United or Manchester City.

Cristiano Ronaldo in a fight, in Real Madrid vs Barcelona, 2011/2012

Real Madrid next game is against Barcelona for the Copa del Rey 1st leg, in the 18th of January 2012. You can watch Real Madrid vs Barcelona, as well as Arsenal vs Manchester United from our soccer live streams section. Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be a starter against Barcelona, next Wednesday.

Real Madrid vs Barcelona kick-off time (18-01-2012):

Jakarta (Indonesia) | GMT+7: 04:00
Spain
(Madrid) | GMT+1: 22:00
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | GMT+0: 21:00
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | GMT-2: 19:00
New York (United States) | GMT-5: 16:00
Los Angeles (United States) | GMT-8: 13:00
Beijing (China) | GMT-8: 13:00

Sources: ronaldo7.net / espn.com / marca.com

Cristiano Ronaldo looking at the sky and crying, while Barcelona players celebrate a goal in the Santiago Bernabéu, in 2011-2012

Cristiano Ronaldo being tripped by Gerard Piqué in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo running with Daniel Alves side by side, in Barcelona vs Real Madrid in 2011-2012

Cristiano Ronaldo jumping with Pepe, Puyol, Piqué and Valdés, in a Barcelona vs Real Madrid Clasico, in 2011-2012

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating a goal for Real Madrid, when playing against Barcelona in 2011/12

Cristiano Ronaldo raising against Barcelona

Cristiano Ronaldo penalty kick goal, in Real Madrid vs Barcelona, in 2011-2012

Cristiano Ronaldo jumping above any other player, in Real Madrid vs Barcelona in 2011-2012

Cristiano Ronaldo powerful strike vs Javier Mascherano and Barcelona, in 2011-2012

Cristiano Ronaldo vs Andrés Iniesta, in Real Madrid vs Barcelona, in 2011-2012

Cristiano Ronaldo frustrated against Barcelona

Cristiano Ronaldo protecting the ball against Daniel Alves and Alexis Sanchez, in Real Madrid vs Barcelona, 2011-12

Cristiano Ronaldo falling and shooting, with Daniel Alves making opposition, in Real Madrid vs Barcelona 2011-2012

Cristiano Ronaldo showing his fist, after a Real Madrid goal against Barcelona, in 2011-2012

Cristiano Ronaldo jumping over Gerard Piqué, in Real Madrid vs Barcelona in 2011-2012

Real Madrid vs Barcelona, teams entrance at the Santiago Bernabéu, in 2011-2012

Cristiano Ronaldo, Fábio Coentrão, Michel Teló, Sergio Ramos and Pepe, in Real Madrid training center taking a photo with the 'Ai se eu te pego' Brazilian singer

Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodríguez, Real Madrid and F.C. Porto players in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo wearing a blue jacket and Nike shirt fashion, for DT Magazine 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo wearing a Nike blue shirt fashion, for DT Magazine 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo wearing a grey jacket, with blue and white stripes fashion, for DT Magazine 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo profile photo, artistic wallpaper 2012

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