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The midfielder reveals that the former Old Trafford star is nervous about facing his former team in the Champions League for the first time since leaving the club

Cristiano Ronaldo is nervous ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash between Real Madrid and Manchester United, according to Los Blancos team-mate Michael Essien.

The Portuguese spent six years with the Premier League leaders, winning three league titles and the Champions League once, before leaving for the Santiago Bernabeu in 2009.

"Cristiano is anxious; you want to start the game. He is in extraordinary physical condition," Essien told the pre-match press conference.

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The former Chelsea man also added that Jose Mourinho's side are prepared for encounter, while noting United's considerable attacking threat.

“In the Champions League it will be a different game. I'm ready and the team is as well," he continued.

"They have many attackers and it is up us to stop them."

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