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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“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."