Godin’s ghost



May 26, 2016
Godin’s ghost

GO FOR GOAL: Atletico's Godin. CREDIT: Sourced

Atleti star seeking redemptive victory.

Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin is out to lay the ghosts of Lisbon to rest in Saturday’s Champions League final (kickoff 8.45pm).

The Uruguayan scored Atlético’s opener in the 2014 Champions League final, but Sergio Ramos’ last-gasp equaliser – and three more Real Madrid goals in extra time – denied him the trophy.

But Godin says he and his teammates are more determined than ever to get their hands on the trophy at the expense of their city rivals.

He tells uefa.com: “Scoring in the final felt great, of course. But we didn’t lift the trophy at the end – that was what mattered.

“We lost. But of course since that final we’ve always said that it’s still our dream to win that trophy, and we don’t hide that – we say that openly because that’s what we want.

“Our big secret is the effort the team puts in. The way the whole team works to help the defence is incredible. That shows how committed we are as a team, and how much we believe in our style of play.

“It would be a dream for me and for the team to win the trophy this time.”

With Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo’s 16 goals this season the same tally as Atleti’s entire campaign, Antoine Griezmann is looking to be the difference for the Rojiblancos.

The Frenchman’s seven strikes have been vital on the road to the final, scoring both goals as Atletico knocked holders Barcelona out in the quarterfinal second leg.

And he scored the crucial away goal at Bayern Munich in the semifinal.

Now he wants to score the winner in the final.

Griezmann says: “I’ve had a great season and hopefully it’ll end on a high note.

“I’m brimming with confidence, I feel good out on the pitch and have faith in the team to produce a great performance in the final.

Of his goal in Munich, he says: “I hope it’s not the most important one and that a more important one is to come in the final.”

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