After suffering a 2-0 defeat at Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 tie, not many expected Juventus to beat the odds. Cristiano Ronaldo, however, was unfazed by the challenge and took it upon himself to complete the turnaround with a superb hat-trick.
Bernardo Silva on Cristiano:— Cristiano Ronaldo (@TeamCRonaldo) March 14, 2019
"I know him, I know what he's capable of and once again he proved it [against Atletico]. We will see who we are playing against but, of course, to play against Cristiano is always complicated." pic.twitter.com/6mOmaxRhNa
Speaking to The Guardian, Silva discussed the possibility of facing Ronaldo in the next round.
He said: "I wouldn’t like [to face him] very much, to be honest. I know him, I know what he’s capable of and once again tonight he proved it," as quoted by Calcio Mercato.
Bernardo continued, "When you are playing in a competition like this you have to know that you can get drawn against these kind of teams, these kind of players. It is a good thing. It means you are playing the best competitions, the best games and we will see who we are playing against. Of course to play against Cristiano and [Barcelona’s Lionel] Messi it is always complicated."
Recently, Pep Guardiola hailed Silva as Portugal's most important player, ranking him above skipper Ronaldo. The midfielder, however, played down the comparison and called it a misinterpretation.
| Bernardo Silva fears Manchester City drawing Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals because of the threat of Cristiano Ronaldo.— City Central (@City_CentraI) March 14, 2019
| B.Silva: “I wouldn’t like it very much, to be honest. I know him, I know what he’s capable of and once again tonight he proved it.” pic.twitter.com/13Yboe0yIE
He stated in conclusion: "I think people interpreted things a little different to what he meant. Of course Cristiano, what he has done in over the last 15 years in football is probably one of the best players ever in the history of football, so no comparison to him."