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"Real Madrid were absolutely stunning on the counter-attack [in the first leg] so we have to find a way of coping with that while also having our own threat in an attacking sense."

- Sir Alex Ferguson

04/03/2013 15:55, Report by A Marshall & G Thompson
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Sir Alex's tactics dilemma

"We must trust the players," he stressed. "That's what we always do and they must trust each other. That’s why we’ve had continued success for a long period. The continuity of management helps – myself and the coaching staff are very acquainted with all the things that are needed to relate to footballers whether it be on the physical side, the nutritional side or the tactical side. 

"We have the equipment to deal with all things. I’ve made up my mind for tomorrow what the theme of my motivation will be and my tactics talk. Certainly part of it will be about trusting themselves."

Cristiano Ronaldo is Madrid's biggest threat and he will be out to upset his former club when returning to Old Trafford for the first time since his record-breaking switch to the Bernabeu.

"My biggest concern is that he turns up!" joked Sir Alex. "What do you expect when you play against a team with Ronaldo in it? You expect problems during the night. We have to try and curtail that as best we can. 

"It won’t be easy because he does it every week, it’s not an accident about the lad. The experience young Rafael had in the first half in Madrid hopefully helps him because he’ll be getting the same task again. I don’t think it’s one we should fear. If we go in worrying about the damage Cristiano can do then we’ll forget some of the things that we can do ourselves."

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