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Apr 23, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
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Xabi Alonso: 'We need Cristiano Ronaldo'

Xabi Alonso hopes that Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for tonight's Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayern Munich.

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has admitted that he is desperate for teammate Cristiano Ronaldo to face Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final this evening.

The Portuguese is a major doubt for the clash at the Bernabeu following a period on the sidelines with a knee complaint, and head coach Carlo Ancelotti is not expected to make a final decision until the last moment.

Alonso, however, is hopeful that the Ballon d'Or holder is fit to take part.

"If he is 100%, he will play but that's a decision for the coach, the player himself and the medical staff. We need him, he's an important player for us," he told reporters at a press conference.

"Cristiano gives us an explosive edge, the potential to create chances and score goals. He's a fundamental player for us and when he's in the side, we make the most of the opportunities he creates for us. The other day in the Copa del Rey final, you could see that the whole team delivers."

Ronaldo has scored 14 times in the Champions League this season.

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Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates scoring his goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 2, 2014
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