Cape Town - Bayern Munich defender Mats
Hummels says that he has a plan to contain Real Madrid's Cristiano
Ronaldo ahead of Wednesday's UEFA Champions League first leg semi-final
at the Allianz Arena.
Ronaldo has smashed home an incredible 22 goals in his last 12
matches and also snared a hat-trick to knock Bayern out of the
competition during the 2016/17 installment of the tournament.
The superstar forward is expected to play a major role in the much
anticipated clash between the Bavarians and Los Blancos in Munich.
However, Hummels takes the view that the Portuguese has changed his game
and he can be contained.
Speaking to Sport Bild, the 29-year-old centre-back said: "I
watch a lot of the big teams in action, I'm interested in football in
general, so there are things you notice.
"I think there are a couple of patterns with Ronaldo, there are
certain anomalies. I'll try to make use of what I know, but I'm keeping
it to myself.
"Ronaldo has changed his playing style in recent years. He's not as
dominant as he once was, now he's all about finishing moves off and
scoring goals. In that sense, he's the best goalscorer in the world
because he can score all kinds of goals, at any point in a game. "Real are a real threat from the flanks, and from set-pieces with
central midfielders like Toni Kroos. You have to defend the balls into
the box. That makes it difficult to defend against Ronaldo. He doesn't
need eight touches before shooting. He does it with the first or, at the
most, the second."