Cristiano Ronaldo has rallied his teammates to use the Champions League round of 16 tie against Porto as the first step towards the final in May.
Ahead of the first leg on Wednesday evening at the Estadio do Dragao, the five-time Champions League winner expressed his excitement at the prospect of competing in the knockout phase once more, with the possibilities it brings.
"This is what Champions League is all about, the knockout rounds," he wrote on Instagram.
"It's almost as if another competition starts from this point on and everybody has to bring their A game, because every detail can make the difference.
"In the last couple of years we went home sooner than we wanted, but we continue to aim higher every season and this year is no exception.
"Tomorrow we have a very important game against a very strong team and I can only hope that it may be the beginning of the long walk we want to take until the final.
"Respect for the opponent, ambition for the victory and 100 percent focus on our goals.
"Let's go, guys! Fino alla fine!"