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Madrid's Carvajal wary of vengeful Atlético

Real Madrid CF's Dani Carvajal is mindful that the quarter-final derby is "an opportunity for revenge" for Club Atlético de Madrid following the drama of last season's final.

Dani Carvajal gears up for UEFA Champions League action
Dani Carvajal gears up for UEFA Champions League action ©Getty Images

Real Madrid CF's extra-time success in last season's UEFA Champions League final has given another dimension to their quarter-final rematch with Club Atlético de Madrid, with right-back Dani Carvajal, 23, mindful that their city rivals will be eager to get their own back.

UEFA.com: Madrid are up against neighbours Atlético in the quarter-finals. What is it like to play against a team you are so familiar with at this stage of the competition?

Dani Carvajal: We have faced them a few times already this season, but now it's a knockout match and it will be different. I think the Champions League is something special, which changes the approach a bit. It will be very special, it will be a difficult tie, and both teams will be trying their best to progress.

UEFA.com: Last year's final triumph against Atlético was a historic moment for Madrid. How much will the result of that match impact on this fixture?

Carvajal: From Atletico's point of view it could be like an opportunity for revenge – they were so close to winning it last season, but in the end it was us celebrating. So this could be a special tie because of that final last season.

UEFA.com: How do you feel both sides have improved since the final in Lisbon last year?

Madrid's 2014 triumph
Madrid's 2014 triumph

Carvajal: Both teams have had highs and lows [in terms of injuries], I guess, but that is normal in football – you never have exactly the same players facing each other. But I think both sides are going into this tie in a good moment: we have played well in our last two or three games; they have been doing well too. They are third in the table and have got a lot of points, so it will be an exciting but also difficult tie.

UEFA.com: What is it like to play alongside Sergio Ramos?

Carvajal: Sergio treats us young players in a really special way. He believes in us and gives us advice. He is a fantastic person on and off the pitch, and I think every young lad like me has to be grateful to Sergio. He has been a real leader on the pitch – and it is a real pleasure to spend every day with him.

UEFA.com: What would it mean to you for Madrid to become the first club to retain the UEFA Champions League title?

Carvajal: That would be another record for Real Madrid in an already successful history in the competition. And it's a special objective we are aiming for, to win the Champions League again. But first we have to take it step by step, play the first leg of the quarter-final at the Vicente Calderón, and try to get a good result to take into the home return.

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