Carvajal targets Champions League glory

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Real Madrid full-back Dani Carvajal has highlighted the Champions League as the most important competition for Los Blancos this season and is determined to win it.

Madrid begin this season's campaign against Shakhtar Donetsk at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night and Carvajal wants to put down an early marker for their rivals.

"The Champions League is the most important at club level and Real Madrid are the best, so while there's no obligation to win, we have to play a big role and be a contender," he told AS.

"The coach is incisive on the defensive aspects. We haven't conceded a league goal.

"What's important is that the team is united when we have the ball. I think that will earn us a lot of points. Training isn't that different.

"Everyone is looking forward to this game. We also know what it means to start at home.

"We're against a great opponent. We want to give our fans the first three points."

The right-back went on to praise teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored five goals in Real Madrid's 6-0 win over Espanyol on Saturday.

"Cristiano's five goals? Anyone who's played football knows how hard that is," he explained.

"There are no weak opponents – this is the best League in the world. He's the best in the world and he's proved it again."

The defender has supported several different players on the right wing over the years and says he doesn't really mind who he plays with, but did admit he has formed a good partnership with Gareth Bale.

"It doesn't matter if it's Gareth Bale, Isco, James Rodriguez, Lucas Vazquez. Last year I played with James and Isco there too.

"The important thing is we know what we have to do on the pitch and we're committed.

"It's my third season playing with Bale and we understand each other perfectly."