The Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos in a media session before the UCL final made his feeling known about the criticism that has come the Los Blancos way all through this season.
With the Spanish giants beating the champions of France, England and Germany on the way to the final, Los Blancos have still had to put up with sniping from various quarters.
"There has been disrespect but we know how to live with flattery and criticism," Ramos said on COPE's El Partidazo programme. "We knew that we were going to compete against strong rivals, who were all supposed favourites, but we've been shutting mouths by doing our taking on the pitch."
It's been alleged that Liverpool are hungrier to win the final than Real, but Ramos strongly disagrees. "We are eager to vindicate ourselves again, it's a unique opportunity to become legends," he continued. "I don't think they are hungrier than we are, and I'm facing this match as if it were the first Champions League. "The key to success is not to tire of winning and on Saturday that will be seen again."
Real have been installed as the bookmaker's favourites, but Ramos is wary of the tag.
"As much as it is said that we are favourites, Liverpool haven't reached a final for a long time," he added. "They have players who have not won the Champions League... and despite talking about the individual quality of Firmino or Salah, they are dangerous at a collective level and have a coach who knows how to get the most out of them.
"We are better than them and this year we have overcome challenges. "They are not going to get in the way of our goal, which is to win."
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