NEWS | 20/05/2014 | Realmadrid.com“The Tenth is the trophy that every Madrid fan wants”, the Portuguese pointed out during the UEFA Open Media Day.
"It is bad luck that these problems have emerged at the end of the season. Nobody wants to miss a final that we have been looking forward to for years. I want to help Real Madrid win the Cup. I'm confident that I'll be 100% for the final".
The keys to the final
“There's always an unknown quantity in finals, no one knows what will happen. It is a great match. We really want to win but there is no point obsessing over it because that's not a good idea. Both sides want to win and a lot of the match will be decided on the smaller details. The keys are staying focused, calm, trying to score, playing well, enjoying ourselves and not obsessing too much about things”.
How he sees the team
“There's a good feeling, one of optimism. It's just four days away but we're relaxed, training well and fully focussed on doing our best. I'm really happy to be playing in my first Champions League final with Real Madrid. The Tenth is the trophy that every Madridista wants. I joined this club to win titles like this”.
“My message to the fans is to stay calm; we need their support because the fans win games. We want everyone who travels to Lisbon and the stadium to give us all their support and sing because we feel and need their support. We're going to give it our best shot and try to win”.
“Winning is always better emotionally. That's why Atlético are excited and go into the game in high spirits, feeling strong, but a final is a difficult match. They're doing great things; the players are motivated and have done a good job in the Champions League. It's going to be a match that could go either way but I'm certain Real Madrid will win”.