Sergio Ramos has revealed his motivation ahead of the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi, saying they are determined to win the competition.
Los Blancos host Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu on the 23rd December, but travel to the United Arab Emirates for the seven-team competition.
While the two-time Club World Cup winners Real are strong favourites, it is a potential annoyance, particularly with one of their biggest matches of the season following their trip to the Middle East.
Ramos has touched on the squad’s motivation ahead of the tournament and their desire to defend the title, before a few comments on the victory over Sevilla at the weekend.
“We were excited to arrive here and are looking forward to the opportunity of defending this title,” Ramos told Real Madrid’s official website.
“To be in this competition is a reward for trophies but now all we are focused on is winning our sixth Club World Cup title.
“There is a lot of enthusiasm and desire in this squad to win yet another trophy for our fans; it’s an opportunity that excites us.
“We played a great game against Sevilla and right now we feel really good and motivated, now we want to maintain that balance and consistency.”
Los Blancos are already eight points behind league leaders Barcelona, with two draws and a defeat in their last six La Liga fixtures.
Yet, a 5-0 victory over Sevilla at the weekend saw them score more than four in the league for the first time this season, and some big results in the UAE could see Real Madrid return to Spain reinvigorated and firing on all cylinders to beat and hunt down their old rivals.
But first they must get past UAE champions Al-Jazira to set up a final against either Gremio from Brazil or Mexican outfit Pachua.