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Brazilian international Marcelo has outlined his hopes for Europe this season while reflecting on his own progress to becoming one of the best left backs in the world.

Real Madrid's Marcelo remains optimistic about his team's chances in the Champions League this season following a quarter-final first leg 4-0 win against Tottenham. The former Fluminense man also revealed his intentions to see out the remainder of his playing years in the shirt of los Blancos.

Speaking exclusively to Real Madrid TV, the versatile Brazilian said: ''We just have to stick together and stay confident. I think we can win the Champions League. It's difficult to say now but I can see us celebrating at Wembley Stadium in May.''

Marcelo is enjoying a rich vein of form in his own right and he has shown through performances against Lyon and Spurs that he is coming to be regarded as one of the best left-sided defenders in the game.

''The team's doing very well. I think that if we're playing well as a whole it helps players perform better individually. I think that's very important for a player,'' he explained modestly.

The 22-year-old also explained his aim of staying with the Chamartin team for the rest of his career. He said, ''Since my family and I arrived here, people have treated us very well. Not only at the club but the Spanish in general have been wonderful and Madrid is a great city.

"I want to win a lot of titles here and if I can retire at this club it would be an honour. But there's still a lot of work to be done.''

In his 41 games this season Marcelo has scored three goals as well as contributing seven assists.

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