Felipe Contepomi insists Leinster will ignore all outside noise as they build up for their Heineken Champions Cup against La Rochelle in two weeks' time.

Some bookmakers have installed the four-time winners as 12-point favorites against Ronan O’Gara’s side, who won 32-23 last season in the semi-final and also got to the final in the Top14.

However, Leinster went to Stade Rochelais last season without Johnny Sexton, Jamison Gibson-Park and Caelan Doris.

The feeling is that Leo Cullen’s side, who handed the reigning European and French champions Toulouse a 40-17 beating have also improved and that La Rochelle stumbled over the line against Racing 92 in the other semi-final.

"We don’t listen much to outside voices, we just listen to ourselves and for us, every game starts at zero-zero," Contepomi told RTÉ Sport.

"It doesn’t matter who it is, it’s not about La Rochelle, it’s not about Toulouse. We know what’s at stake, we are not going to take it lightly or be complacent.

"It’s a Champions Cup final, you don’t do that, Leinster don’t do that.

Felipe Contepomi at Leinster training on Monday

"Our standards are so high I find it a bit weird that you ask me that. Seriously, I wouldn’t even think that anyone would think Leinster would take a Champions Cup final lightly or we’d underestimate [an opponent].

"You know it’s hard to get to a Champions Cup final and these guys did it twice in consecutive years so they are showing they are dominating Europe.

"If you ask the bookies, they can say whatever they want to say. But they finished ahead of us in the pool stages, they had home advantage and suddenly they are in the final and they are playing a great brand of rugby.

"Don’t worry about Leinster underestimating La Rochelle at all. I don’t care what bookies say or what people outside this camp say. We won’t do that.

"More than who is in front of us, it’s what we want to achieve, and we have our minds set on and are working for that fifth star on the jersey.

"You always want to play the best [teams]. It was Toulouse, the champions from last year, in the semi-finals so you want to play them. Now it’s La Rochelle, who beat us last year.

"It will be a different game and we need to prepare accordingly because they are a brilliant team."

Former Munster and Ireland out-half O’Gara was head coach last season and is now director of rugby at the club, who are outside the play-off places in France.

Contepomi, who yesterday announced he would depart his assistant coach role at Leinster to join the Argentina set-up, said he would be surprised if there was any talk of revenge in the Blues camp.

"I don’t perceive it like that, for is it’s about getting that fifth star," said the 44-year-old, whose side entertain Munster in the URC on Saturday evening at the Aviva Stadium (7.15pm).

"And it just happens that it’s La Rochelle. We know how tough, how good they are. They beat us last season. They’ve evolved and they are a better team this year. It will be a hell of an encounter.

"I don’t think revenge will be a motivating factor.

"We have enough motivation in ourselves for what is our real purpose, driving our legacy together, making sure we get that fifth star on our jersey. It’s bigger than who we are playing."

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