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Ronaldo happy to keep penalty responsibility

in English Premier League, UEFA Champions League 24 Apr 2008


Cristiano Ronaldo insists he will have no qualms about taking another penalty for Manchester United despite his spot-kick misery against Barcelona.

Ronaldo hit a post with his penalty early in United's goalless Champions League draw in the Nou Camp on Wednesday, but the Portugal winger has no intention of hiding from the responsibility should his team be given another.

“Next time I get a penalty, I will try and put things right. I am not scared,” he said.

“I am always confident. I have 38 goals this season. It is not a problem if I miss one or two. I try to do my best in every game.

“Since I have been in Manchester I have scored 15 or 16 penalties, I think, and missed two.

“No-one has said anything to me because I always try to score, to play well.”

Ronaldo, who won the penalty when his header was handled by Gabriel Milito, is convinced he should have had a second after being fouled by Rafael Marquez and he was unhappy with referee Massimo Busacca's display.

“While you have to respect the decision of the referee, he did not make the best decisions,” Ronaldo said. “Too many decisions went to Barcelona, he gave us nothing.”

United were unable to find much attacking rhythm against Barca and now must win at Old Trafford in the second leg next Tuesday as a score draw would eliminate them on away goals.

Ronaldo is convinced the Spanish club will see a much more aggressive United in the return.

“It wasn't the best game in Barcelona but in Manchester we will try to win,” he said. “I'm sure the return game will be totally different.

“Barcelona won't keep the ball like they did in this match and we'll create more chances.

“It will be a different game and I'm sure we're going to play better. We are at home, we will have 75,000 people behind us. We will try to play good football and try to win.”

Owen Hargreaves filled in impressively at right-back on Wednesday and the England midfielder agrees that United will rise to the occasion.

“We are optimistic as we will play a lot differently than we did at the Nou Camp,” Hargreaves said. “We will attack Barcelona and see how they deal with it.

“They had a lot of possession but did not really penetrate us. We had a strategy and played really well.”




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