Carlo Ancelotti wants to go down in history as the coach that guided Real Madrid to their 10th European Cup and insists early criticism of his reign only gives him extra motivation to succeed.
The Italian, who won the Champions League with AC Milan in 2007, replaced Jose Mourinho at the Bernabeu in the summer with a clear brief to secure the fabled Decima while also reining in Primera Division champions Barcelona.
Real are now all but assured of their place in Europe's last 16 but a shaky start to the league season has left Ancelotti's men six points off the pace set by Barca.
City rivals Atletico Madrid are also blazing a trail and beat Los Blancos 1-0 at the Bernabeu in September - their first league triumph in the derby this century - to heap more pressure on the 54-year-old.
The former Chelsea boss does, however, remain confident he can defy any doubters and become an iconic figure in the Spanish capital.
He told Marca: "I hope that someday someone will say that Ancelotti won the 'Decima'.
"There is always a lot of talk about all the coaches that have struggled at Real Madrid, but that just gives me motivation.
"The fans ask for a lot because it's Real Madrid and so that's normal."
Real visit Almeria this weekend before hosting Galatasaray in the Champions League next Wednesday.
A point from the Bernabeu meeting with the Turks would confirm the Spaniards' progression to the knockout stages.