Real Madrid's Marcelo hit back at Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and stressed that his side must be relaxed and show respect to their Champions League semi-final opponents.
Los Blancos head into their last-four tie with the Bundesliga giants holding a 1-0 lead buthave been warned by Rummenigge that the atmosphere in Bayern's stadium will make it "hot enough for the trees to burn in Munich."
And Marcelo insisted his side recognise the danger that awaits them in Tuesday's clash at the Allianz Arena with the German champions but took a sly dig at the Bayern chief.
“We are good," the Brazilian told reporters after the game. "We now have to rest and think in the important game on Tuesday."
"The next game is always the most important and that’s how I see it. We have a chance to go through. We have to go into the game relaxed, with humility and respect for the opponent. We will see what happens and if the trees burn or not."
The 25-year-old defender made his first start since suffering a hamstring injury three days after his side's 5-0 win over Rayo Vallecano at the end of March, and spoke of his excitement a making a swift return to action.
"I was eager to return," he continued.
"I wanted to help the side and thanks to God, the physios and doctors that have helped me and ensured I'm 100%. When I’m available to help the side and the boss doesn't pick me it’s normal I'm not happy and I want to play. The manager decides and I want to play as many games as I possibly can.
Marcelo was also keen to pay tribute to Tito Vilanova after the former Barcelona boss passed away on Friday.
"It was a great shame. He was an example to football. I want to send a big hug to his friends and family."