Cristiano Ronaldo has warned his Real Madrid team-mates they will have to be at their best if they are to overcome the might of Barcelona and reach the UEFA Champions League final. Jose Mourinho's men set up a semi-final clash against their Spanish rivals with a 5-0 aggregate win over Tottenham Hotspur in the last eight.
Real built on their 4-0 lead from the opening leg, with Ronaldo scoring the only goal at White Hart Lane last night to set up what is expected to be an enthralling battle with Barça. But the Portuguese attacker is under no illusions about the task ahead as his side aim to reach their first Champions League decider in nine years.
"We are happy about qualifying for the next round," Ronaldo told Real's official website. "Tottenham Hotspur are a great team, but we did a great job in both games.
"We've taken an important step because we're now closer to the final. We will face the strongest opponent of all in the semi-finals, and we must be ready. Barcelona are one of the best teams in the world, but so are we.
"We have to believe it is possible for us to beat them. We are having a good run and feel confident. The team that makes the least mistakes will reach the final. I hope it's Real Madrid."
Casillas calls for La Liga focus
Barcelona and Real will have plenty of game time against each other ahead of the semi-finals, as they meet this weekend in La Liga and again in the Copa del Rey final next Wednesday.
The capital side have eight points to make up on their Catalan rivals at the top of the league table, and goalkeeper Iker Casillas insists that must be their immediate priority.
"We must now focus on our league clash against them because it is the closest of them all," he said. "It will be completely different to our fixtures in the semi-finals.
"I am Real Madrid's captain, and I would be disrespecting Madridistas if I said Saturday's Clásico didn't matter. We want to defeat Barcelona on Saturday to earn more points, because the league title is still attainable. It isn't all lost."