The praise after the game with Valencia was heavy and deliberate from Zinedine Zidane, Dani Carvajal and the other Real Madrid figures that seek the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu crowd being on their side against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday, just as they were in the final moments of Saturday’s late win.
Guaranteeing positive support from the Blancos faithful is far from a given and the early pressure put on the home team on the weekend was substantial as they stumbled to losing their lead late on against Los Che.
However, Real rallied and much of their eventual 2-1 triumph was owed to the supporters for creating an atmosphere that motivated the players to secure the points.
It is that which Los Merengues are desperate to have emulated when Atleti and their own 4,000-strong following arrive on Tuesday night.
The dressing room was united in placing much emphasis on the atmosphere, perhaps after the issue taken with the whistles and jeers often aimed at the side, even during the quarter-final second leg win over Bayern Munich.
On that night, the support was strong in extra-time but only after questions were hurled at Cristiano Ronaldo as the German champions made a game of it.
“We need the Bernabeu to be like hell all through the match, not just for 10 minutes,” said one Real player post-match.
Nacho Fernandez echoed this sentiment ahead of key matches with Atleti and Sevilla.
“With the support of the fans everything is much easier… we need that 90 minutes,” the centre-back told MARCA. “We need it for all 90 minutes.”
“After Valencia equalised the Bernabeu got behind us and helped to get the second goal, it is incredibly important to always have those fans on our side,” said Carvajal on the weekend, making clear to Madridista that their side need them to be on top form if Diego Simeone’s Atletico are to once again be beaten in the Champions League.