Star midfielder Koke has told his Atletico Madrid teammates to play their Champions League final against Real Madrid as if it’s their last.
The city rivals meet each other this Saturday in Milan in the European showpiece for the second time in the three years.
Real won that derby 4-1 after a dramatic last-gasp equaliser by Sergio Ramos to force the game into extra time.
The Spain playmaker says: “You are not more nervous, you play like all your teammates. You have to take on the final as if it was the last one you’ll play, you never know.
“If you win you have this feeling that you’ve nourished since you were little and you feel it more.”
The Spanish midfielder said Atletico’s strategy would be to play tight at the back and try to pounce on any mistakes made by Cristiano Ronaldo and company.
He says: “I think we have to defend well and take advantage of their errors, because in these games they commit very few.”
Striker Antoine Griezmann responded to his coach Diego Simeone’s claim that he was one of the best three players in the world, after Lionel Messi and Ronaldo.
The Frenchman says: “That’s nice, no?
“The truth is I try to give my best in every game and every training session. My teammates and the coaching team do everything so that I can be at this level. I hope that I can continue like this.”
Meanwhile, Los Blancos defender Raphael Varane will miss the Champions League final after suffering a hamstring injury in training, Spanish media reports.