Rafa roared: "Liverpool are the best team in Europe over the last five years.
"People seem to have forgotten we have produced some brilliant performances to reach two Champions League finals and a semi-final in the last four years.
"I've been given a tag which I do not deserve and which is totally inaccurate. I'm not a cry baby, but competing with Manchester United and Chelsea is very difficult. They have enough money to sign five £20million players and, if one or two of them do not succeed, then they still have three more to call on.
"I can sign two such guys and if one doesn't succeed or I make a mistake with one, then everyone really notices it. Last season we scored 119 goals, more than anyone else in England. My team doesn't just hoof the ball up the park, as I keep reading and hearing.
"OK, Xabi Alonso and Stevie Gerrard can play long passes with total precision, which is different from a defender heaving a long ball. But we mix our game up and every test is different.
"People show us a lack of respect but we are a great team. Then I hear Juande Ramos questioning the validity of our first two goals against Madrid at Anfield!
"Luckily, the whole world can see Champions League matches and everyone could see that if we hadn't scored one way then we would have scored another.
"The game was ours from start to finish, my players made them suffer from the first minute at the Bernabeu to the last minute at Anfield."