BY ABAYOMI JOHNSON
Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin says he is less hurt by his team’s failure to win La Liga because Barcelona beat Real Madrid to the title.
“If Barcelona win the league it hurts less, because our city rivals are Real Madrid,’ he told COPE.
“I do not hate them or anything, I have a lot of respect for Real Madrid, but I always want to beat them,” added Godin who saw Atletico Madrid title challenge collapse on the penultimate day of the season following a surprise 2-1 defeat at Levante.
Godin and his Atletico Madrid still have a chance of silverware this season, with Diego Simeone’s men due to face Real in the Champions League final on May 28 in Milan, a repeat of the clash in Portugal two years ago, which Los Blancos won in extra-time.
He said: “We have taken a lot of experiences out of the Lisbon game. We know how we have to play against Real Madrid and ahead of the game we are positive.
“We will put in a very tactical and physical game, and I think it will be decided by very little details. The team arrive in a very good physical condition for the final.
“We will compete at 150 per cent. We know people say we are favourites after we eliminated Barca and Bayern, but a game against Madrid is always 50-50.”