Juninho - No Ronaldo obsession
Juninho Pernambucano insists his team-mates will not become obsessed by Cristiano Ronaldo's quality.
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 20/02/08 1:23pm
Juninho Pernambucano has told skysports.com that the Lyon players will not become obsessed with the threat posed by Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lyon host United on Wednesday evening in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League last 16 tie - a match which can be seen live on Sky Sports 1 from 6pm.
Ronaldo has undoubtedly been Sir Alex Ferguson's star performer so far this season, scoring an astonishing 27 goals.
But Juninho is sure that his team-mates will not consume themselves in the sole menace of 23-year-old, insisting that United have players all over the pitch that can hurt the Ligue 1 champions.
"The dream match has almost arrived and we need to play our best game," he told skysports.com.
"Against a team like United, it is necessary to play perfectly.
"The Lyon squad is calm. I believe the pressure is on United to progress to the quarter-finals.
"United are a super team with players of enormous names but our chances are alive. Nobody should discard a Lyon surprise.
"Cristiano is the main threat but their other players are important. We will not become obsessed with the Portuguese."
However, Sidney Govou has revealed that Alain Perrin's side have been working on a number of systems to assist in nullifying Ronaldo's quality.
"Cristiano Ronaldo is the key player but we have prepared some systems in order to restrict his threat," he explained.
"The Portuguese is the main threat and without him, United are different."