Cristiano Ronaldo does not believe that Real Madrid will be affected by seeing their home stadium split 50-50 with Atletico Madrid for the Copa del Rey Final.
Madrid’s home stadium will host Friday’s Cup final against their local rivals, with half of the seating given over to Atleti’s supporters for the occasion.
“It's going to be a strange final as we're playing in our stadium but the fans will be divided 50/50, but that isn't going to take away our ambition to win this Cup,” commented Ronaldo in an interview with Madrid’s official website published today.
“We know that the stadium will be divided. Let's hope that the best team wins. If we go out on the pitch strong and we play as we know how, we're going to win.
“We're very excited about this trophy and we want to win. We know it's going to be a really hard-fought game against a rival from the same city.
“It's going to be a great show. Let's hope that Real Madrid can win.
“I'm approaching it as I do any other match, but with added responsibility. Psychologically, I go into all matches in the same manner, but this is a final.
“It's a special match, but my ambition will always be the same – to help Real Madrid as best I know how, which is trying to play well, scoring goals, assists…
“I'm not worried and both my teammates and I are playing well. We're ready for Friday. We have to start off strong, just like this club, the best in the world, knows how.”