FIFA World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed on Tuesday that Manchester United had practised penalties ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League final with Barcelona in Rome. The Red Devils lifted the trophy in Moscow 12 months ago after defeating Chelsea on spot-kicks following a 1-1 draw, with Ronaldo seeing his effort saved by Petr Cech. NEWS: Xavi - Barca have not practised penalties And despite onlookers expecting an exciting, free-flowing spectacle in the Italian capital, the clash could resemble the pair's semi-final meetings in 2008, with United prevailing 1-0 at Old Trafford following a cagey goalless draw at the Nou Camp. However, Ronaldo preferred to recall fonder memories, including his bullet header against Roma at the Stadio Olimpico - the venue for Wednesday's final - in last season's quarter-final first leg. NEWS: Thompson: Barca to beat United on penalties "I am 100 percent focused on the game, I know that people want to know something about me and him [Lionel Messi] but I'm very focused for the game," he said. "I will try to help my team 100 percent and try to score a goal and win the game, that's it. "I feel very good to play here, I played a few times here and I think in my opinion I played well. "I hope to play well tomorrow because the pitch, the stadium, supporters, it's amazing, I look forward to playing here tomorrow and to winning the game. "I think its going to be special." NEWS: Carrick confident of conquering Catalans NEWS: Sheringham tips Reds to reign in Rome NEWS: Henry and Iniesta train ahead of final NEWS: Evra - Marking Messi will be easy peasy NEWS: Messi - Classy Catalans deserve to win in Rome NEWS: Rijkaard: United have got no chance NEWS: Rio's Rome hopes hinge on Hull NEWS: Henry and Iniesta on course for final NEWS: O'Shea coy on Rome start speculation NEWS: Ferguson anticipating fantastic final NEWS: Foreign Office advice for fans heading to Rome NEWS: All white on the night for Reds in Rome UNITED FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Wayne Rooney, Peter Schmeichel, Carlos Tevez Q&A Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud Van Nistlerooy One on One David Beckham, George Best Ask A Silly Question Bryan Robson Boy's A Bit Special Danny Simpson Perfect XI Garth Crooks, Bryan Robson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Eric Cantona What Happened Next? David May, Norman Whiteside Sing When You’re Winning Dominic Monaghan, Ian Brown And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate United players (and others) on Talentspotter BARCELONA FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews section for more stuff to read: Q&A Samuel Eto'o, Cesc Fabregas Web Exclusives Cesc Fabregas, Gary Lineker One on One Mark Hughes, Thierry Henry, Ronaldo Perfect XI Gheorghe Hagi, Hristo Stoichkov, Ronald Koeman Plus! Rate Barca players (and others) on Talentspotter
26 May 2009
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