Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos spoke at the Open Media Day ahead of the Champions League Final against Liverpool in Kiev. The defender touched on the team's journey to Ukraine, and his feelings leading into Real Madrid's biggest game of the season.
Another Final: "Having the opportunity to claim another Champions League title is a privilege and a reward for the work, sacrifice and daily effort that perhaps isn't seen."
Hunger: "Yes, we have made something difficult look easy. It seems like we're going to play a Champions League final every year but it's not like that. During the first few years I was here, we didn't come close. That has to be considered."
Emotion: "It makes my hair stand on end when I raise a Champions League trophy, those moments will always be with me. They are historic moments for any player and it is impossible to erase them. You sacrifice a lot of time with family and friends and when you win, it remains in the memory."
Critics: "Criticism never distracts us from our objective, and neither does flattery. We have nothing to prove and whatever they say, we had to eliminate PSG, Bayern and Juventus. Whatever they say after is a lie, it's not football."
Message to Real Madrid: "It has taken a lot to reach another final, but we will give it our all and hopefully it will be three in a row ... Hala Madrid!"
Confidence: "Madrid has never stopped believing that winning the Champions League was possible ... this is a legendary team and we have to give it that merit."
Liverpool: "We know Liverpool very well. They have a great team and they know how to compete very well. They are led by a very good coach, and it will not be easy to be the Champions of Champions again."
Defending: "I will try to have a clean sheet; that is my priority. If we succeed in that, we have many possibilities."
Morata being left out of World Cup: "Being left out of the World Cup is always hard, but the door is always open to return."
Zidane: "Zizou has a very good command of what he has experienced as a coach, he handles the dressing room very well and then he gives us what we need on the pitch"
"There is no reward more gratifying than lifting the Champions League trophy.”
What it takes to win the Champions League: "It is a reward for the work, the effort, the sacrifice, the dedication, day to day; a reward for the hours sacrificed with family and friends. That is what it takes to reach this elite level. There is no reward more gratifying than lifting the Champions League trophy.”
Pride: "I've been at Madrid for eight years and in the first few years I did not have the chance to play in a Champions League final. That is why we must give it the value and importance it deserves. It is very difficult to achieve it and here we are doing it. We want to let people really know that this is a legendary team."
Ronaldo: "He's doing very well. The team in general is emotionally very well and there is no player injured, so we are all up for Saturday. I really want it to come through for us."
Stability: "Every year here is like a new world. In my early years there were many changes of coaches, even the president, there was no stability. When you have stability in all the areas that surround the team, everything is much calmer. Also, this team has shown that in the locker room there are no individual egos, we all row in the same direction, which is one of the keys to success."
Feelings: "It's not like a normal match day. You have to give it the value it deserves. It is a unique opportunity and it takes too much to reach a Champions League final to not give it that importance. Of course the tingling and restlessness, I think it's the beauty of living. It's very rewarding.”