"It is true that there is enough balance, but we always play to win". We're in the Champions League final and we're doing well in LaLiga, but we haven't won anything just yet.
Preparations for the game were rocked on Monday by the news that French left back Theo Hernandez, who is on loan at Alaves from Atletico, travelled to Madrid to undergo a medical with Real Madrid. "If you try to analyze the situation that we have in front of us, and the things that we need to do to keep improving, I think we certainly can achieve these things". "I thought we were excellent in the first half". Real Madrid will play back to back finals 57 years later.
Ultimately, Cristiano Ronaldo's first leg hat-trick proved the difference as for the fourth straight season Real eliminated Atletico from the Champions League.
Argentinian defender Mercado, who was an unused substitute when Sevilla ended Real's unbeaten league record in January, believes his side are capable of causing another upset to complete a memorable double.
Real was getting desperate in a situation where one more goal by the hosts would have left them in a unsafe spot. "It's always hard because they have great players, not just [Francesco] Totti who I hope to be healthy so I'm near him".
"We'll go there with everything we've got and we'll fight to produce a good performance to finish the season strongly".
The calming aura that the Frenchman brings to Real Madrid has resulted in tremendous squad harmony, despite some incredibly talented players being stuck on the bench for most of the season. Madrid defeated Atletico in the final past year and in 2014, and also eliminated the crosstown opponent in the quarterfinals in 2015.
"We knew we were going to suffer but we are extremely happy to have made it to the final", Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said.
"We can't be thinking about Madrid, we can only think about ourselves", the Brazilian said in an interview with BeIN Sports. It would be essential to win on Sunday. "We are making sure that the team can give 100 percent tomorrow, as even more than that will be necessary". "It's clear that the hearts of some of these players we have are so big that they transmit passion to their teammates and push them in the moments of difficulty and in the complex situations of a match".