Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria believes that Saturday's Champions League final clash with rivals Atletico Madrid underlines the strength of Spanish football.
Some pundits argued that last year's tournament decider between Bundesliga duo Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund signalled a shift in power within the European game.
However, Di Maria feels that La Liga's finest have reasserted their supremacy this term.
"I think a 'Spanish final' shows the development of Spanish football, the power which it has had in recent years," the Argentina international told reporters on Monday.
"It is going to be a nice and tough final against Atletico Madrid and we will try our best."
Di Maria's team-mate, Alvaro Morata, says that the game is of special significance to him given he is a Madrid native.
"I think it is a big joy for Spanish football and for the Madrid region," the striker stated. "I feel so proud, I was born here and it is going to be so nice.
"I think the final will be very competitive. Two teams which have been very good, especially in this competition. Hopefully, we will win."