Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Sergio Ramos expressed their happiness with Real Madrid's 4-1 away victory against Ajax and declared that they are determined to succeed at Camp Nou against Barcelona in their next game.
Ronaldo was the hero for Jose Mourinho's side, notching a hat-trick, whilst Kaka and Sergio Ramos were handed starts despite having fallen out of favour with the coach.
"I am very happy because we won and played well," Ronaldo told Canal+. "For me, to score three goals is vital. We played a very complete game and it is very important to gain confidence for the next game [vs Barcelona]. It's very important to take the ball home but the important thing is the team because without them I would not manage to score goals."
Barcelona could open up an 11-point lead if it defeats Los Blancos on Sunday, but Ronaldo is sure that his team can get the victory it's looking for.
"I am confident that we will get a good result in a difficult place, the Camp Nou. They have a very good team and there will not be much difference," he explained.
Kaka's first-team chances have been limited this season but the Brazilian playmaker is determined to seize every opportunity he can get in the Madrid jersey.
"It was a little surprise for me, but it was a personal conquest through hard work. I'm available for coach, whatever he needs," he said. "Barcelona is one of our direct competitors, and that means it is a very important match."
Meanwhile, after his public feud with the coach, Sergio Ramos has stated that the pair have resolved their differences and the vice-captain hopes that the team can continue their recent good run of form.
"Mourinho's matter is over, and I'm happy for the victory in the Champions League, which is the best for the team," the Spain international declared. "It was an important victory against a complicated team, but now we have to focus on La Liga. The Clasico is coming and it's always special. We have to keep this good streak and get more points in the league."
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