Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Özil spoke to BWIN.com and reflected on his time at the Bernabéu as he draws near to playing his 100th game for 'Los Blancos'.
The German international also spoke about Madrid's upcoming Copa del Rey semi-final with Barcelona and the importance of Cristiano Ronaldo to the team.
Close to his 100th game: "I'm very grateful to be able to play for such a great club. My debut was a very special day but nothing compares to winning trophies, like the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona, the Supercopa or the league title, those remain in your memory forever."
His thoughts on El Clásico: "Our aim is to show our potential out on the pitch and win both matches. We are in the semi-finals and playing against Barcelona, so we have to give our all and try and win.
"We know that Barcelona are a very potent team with great players but we have to focus on ourselves. We are on a good run and we are also playing at home. Our aim is to win the game, make our fans proud and try to qualify for the final."
"This is the best derby in the world and it's always a special occasion for us because we want to prove ourselves against the very best. Of course you always want to win games like these, especially for the fans, who support us throughout the year. We want to pay them back with a win over Barcelona."
The importance of Cristiano to Madrid: "We are all aware of his potential. He is one of the best players in the world and he has shown time and time again how important he is to the team but first and foremost, we are a team, and we don't revolve around Cristiano or any other player. We know his strong points and we need him but we have to work as a team if we are to be successful."
People have referred to Özil as a different player from the rest: "I'm happy that people think of me like that, my aim is always to show my potential on the pitch. I love playing football and I enjoy myself when I'm out on the pitch. I'm very proud that people say that about me, of course."