Ronaldo carries Juve hopes against Atletico

Diego Simeone expects Diego Godin to be fit to face Juventus but has warned Atletico Madrid not to put all their efforts into exclusively stopping Cristiano Ronaldo.

Simeone's side take a 2-0 lead into the second leg of their last 16 clash with Juve at the Allianz Stadium on Tuesday, and are clear favourites to make the quarter-finals at the expense of a team who signed Ronaldo from Real Madrid last summer with the goal of winning the Champions League for the first time since 1996.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star, who has scored a staggering 697 goals in 984 games during his career to date, told Juventus TV: 'I have no secrets, just my dedication and my passion for this sport, I love to play football more than anything else. Dealing with the pressure of Atleti will be key, and this team didn't do that in the first leg. Football is like this, nobody expected us to lose in the first leg, but anything can happen. A 2-0 loss by Atletico would send the game to extra time, but any other two-goal loss would be enough see Atletico advance based on away goals. "It's hard to talk about there being favourites".

Simeone told a press conference: 'They (Juventus) are a very strong team with top players in every position.

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"Godin is fine, he'll train today and I expect him to play tomorrow".

But Simeone refused to comment on the Frenchman's return to the Santiago Bernabeu just over nine months after he resigned. We are ready to experience a special night, both on the field and in the stands.

"We are having an excellent season and we now have two objectives: Serie A and the Champions League".

'We have to stay calm, be humble and know that we're playing a very strong side.

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