Cristiano Ronaldo insisted that he didn't 'know why' people doubted that he would be able to return to full fitness for Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final second-leg clash against Manchester City.
The Portuguese superstar played the entirety of proceedings at the Bernabeu as Real secured their place in the last four of the competition.
The former Manchester United man wasn't the player to separate the two sides, however, as that honour was left to Welshman Gareth Bale, who scored with a deflected goal in the first half.
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But Ronaldo most definitely played his part for Zinedine Zidane's side, who will take on rivals Atletico Madrid in the final.
Ronaldo, then, has insisted that he recovers fast and was in good shape as Real overcame the Citizens.
Ronaldo has his say
He told BT Sport: "It was good, 15 days and I didn't do much and I played today. People doubted me, I don't know why. People forget that sometimes I recover fast."
The versatile forward also admitted that overcoming Manuel Pellegrini's side was tough but maintained that Real were the better team and deserved to proceed into the final.
He also stated: "It was a tough game. I think we played better than City, we created more chances in the first half and the second half, we were more intense.
"We knew after we scored that City would press high. I think we controlled the game and we are happy we're in the final."
Ronaldo has labelled the upcoming final against rivals Atletico as 'special', insisting that he's happy his side will be involved.
"It will be a tough match. It's a final so you never know. I'm happy, it will be special."
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It's likely, then, that Real and Ronaldo will enter the final as favourites, but they will be well aware that Atletico will be desperate to overcome them after the 2014 final.
Back then, Real defeated their rivals in dramatic circumstances in extra time and there's every chance that the upcoming final will go all the way once again.
Diego Simeone's side are very hard to beat and they proved that notion by eliminating European giants Barcelona and Bayern Munich. It should be another special final.
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