On Tuesday night at the Vicente Calderon, last year's Champions League finalists, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, go head to head once more on the European stage, adding extra spice to this derby between the titans of the Spanish capital.
However, aside from the 4-1 extra-time victory in Lisbon, in which Real Madrid claimed their elusive 'Décima' and historic tenth title as kings of Europe, in domestic competitions, Atletico Madrid have firmly had the upper hand.
In comments recorded by Marca (translated by Heath Chesters/HITC), appearing alongside manager Carlo Ancelotti, left-back Marcelo feels this time it will be different, assuring: "We know what we have to do and we're recovering our playing form from before. We're not thinking that we can't beat them."
Continuing, the Brazilian defender acknowledged: "Atletico Madrid are a great team, very intense and they fight hard. We'll need to give everything we've got out there on the pitch, be very intense and battle right to the end." With an air of confidence though, he stressed: "We have two games to show that we can beat them."
Despite the poor domestic record against Atletico over the last couple of seasons, even taking into account the 4-0 humiliation Real suffered in their last visit to the Calderon in La Liga, Ancelotti's side are regarded as slight favourites to progress in the Champions League,
However, Marcelo pointed out: "In a game like this, there are no favourites. We'll be giving everything we've got to win the tie. They're both very difficult matches that we'll be trying to win. Since the final in Lisbon, both teams have changed a lot."
On the drubbing suffered during their last visit to the Calderon, the 26-year-old suggested with conviction: "I think we reach this game in better form, compared to the last time we played against them. We're better now than we have been in recent months. This derby comes at a good time for us."
Finally, discussing the role he'll play against Simeone's side, having missed out on a place in the starting eleven for the Lisbon final last season, Marcelo concluded: "The coach is the one who decides. I was available to play and never lost faith in helping the team. I came on and, thank God, helped my team win the Champions League. I gave it my all to win La Décima."