Cristiano Ronaldo believes Juventus should have beaten Manchester United “easily” on a night when the forward’s breathtaking volley counted for nothing.
After outclassing Jose Mourinho’s men at Old Trafford a fortnight ago in a win far more comfortable than the 1-0 scoreline suggested, the Serie A giants looked set to defeat them again.
Ronaldo’s exceptional volley against his former side left onlookers rubbing their eyes in disbelief – as did the late United comeback that would see the visitors seal a remarkable 2-1 win in Wednesday’s Champions League encounter.
“I have seen the replay in the dressing room,” he told Viasat. “I didn’t realise it was a fantastic goal, but I did good movement and I kick with the ball strong.
“I was happy for the goal but we are a little disappointed because we should have won the game easily, by three or four goals.
“Manchester, they didn’t do much, in my opinion. They created two chances, set pieces, I know the English teams they are always looking for the set pieces.
“But we will learn from our mistakes and we are still top of the group so we are good.”
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Doubles from Ahmed Beshir and Hesham Muntaser helped the UAE secure a nervy 5-4 win against debutants Spain, boosting hopes of success at the 2018 Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup.
The hosts at Kite Beach had been beaten 3-1 by Egypt on Tuesday’s opening night. A positive response in Group A was essential to chances of improving upon last year’s fifth-placed finish.
Beshir and Muntaser, plus Ali Mohammad, helped the Whites race into a 5-1 lead by the end of the second period, only for the Europeans to create a nervy finish.
Elsewhere, holders Brazil beat Egypt 10-5 to maintain control of the section.
Jordi Alba and Luis Enrique haven’t always enjoyed the smoothest of relationships, but Alba’s club and national team colleague Gerard Pique seems to have come to his aide.
On Thursday, Spain boss Luis Enrique will be announcing the squad for Spain’s Nations League tie against Croatia and an international friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Alba had reportedly fallen out of favour with the former Barcelona manager towards the end of the latter’s tenure in charge at the Camp Nou.
The left-back was absent from most of Barca’s line-ups towards the end of the 2016/17 season and even failed to make the national team squad after Enrique was announced as Spain boss.
After a string of magnificent performances though, Alba was backed by his Barcelona and former Spain teammate Pique who made a public comment where he mentioned that the left-back deserves his spot in the national team.
Enrique finally responded to this. “Pique knows a lot about football and I accept his advice,” he said midway through Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 win against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday.
The former Barca boss maintains he still holds the left-back in high regard, but failed to provide any clarity on whether he will be picked for the upcoming games.
“However, I’ve got to where I have because of my way of understanding football. I see Jordi Alba in a very good light, like I always have. It’s never changed,” added Enrique.