“Van Persie is on very, very good form. We hadn’t seen him this good for years. He’s quick, strikes the ball well, he’s a constant nuisance,” Sergio Ramos told The Guardian.
“Rooney’s different. He’s hard-work, heavy going. He enjoys the physical challenge. I prefer that, to be honest. I like that defender versus striker battle, that challenge.
“But Rooney’s mobility is difficult: you don’t always know how far to step out to pressure him. He drops deeper, or pulls wide and you wonder whether to follow.
“The communication with the midfield is vital. If he drops, there’s a point at which the centre-back can’t follow him and the responsibility passes to the midfielders. Go too far and you leave space behind.”
The first leg of the tie will be played on Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu.