Sergio Ramos has insisted that Real Madrid “deserve” to be in the Champions League final, despite a “bumpy road” to Milan.
Madrid came through the group stage unbeaten and dispatched Roma in the last 16, before needing a second-leg comeback from 2-0 down to overcome Wolfsburg and then relying on Gareth Bale’s deflected winner against Manchester City in the semi-finals to set up a May 28 date with arch-rivals Atletico.
“I think we deserve to be in the final in Milan,” the defender told UEFA.com.
“To be honest, it’s been a bumpy road. We passed the group stage playing against big teams like PSG.
“We had a bad match in Wolfsburg, but we managed a great comeback at home. After that, we eliminated a top team, Manchester City, in the semi-finals.
“[Atleti] have knocked out some top teams and we know they’re in good shape.
“We expect a tough match with a lot of intensity, and we have to be totally focused because I think a final is often decided by small details.
“For me, the most important thing is that we defend well as a team.
“In attack, we’re lucky to have great players with great quality, who can make things happen and score at any time. We have to play more than ever as a team and defend well.
“I have a good feeling, we had a great end to the season and reached our objective of stringing together a winning streak with Zidane.
“We’ve achieved a good balance in the team and there’s a great atmosphere. I believe that we’re in our best form of the season.”