NEWS | 01/05/2017 | Javier García"It's going to be an even tie, like the last derbies, with not many chances and will be decided by small details", he said.
"I have been fortunate enough to play in 15 derbies and they are all special. It’s the rivalry of this city, but more than a derby, it’s a Champions League semi-final and that is enough motivation to go out to beat the opponent and win the match".
"The fans are a very important aspect for us. We have two matches at home. We ask them to be the twelfth man and help us like they have done all year".
"Hopefully we keep a clean sheet but if we do concede and still make it to Cardiff the fans will be happy. The small details can decide the match, like set pieces or game management. If I knew what the key was, I'd keep it to myself so we could win. Any result that see us leading and keeping a clean sheet would be good".
"Isco is a different player. Each time he touches the ball it’s pure fantasy. We have 24 fantastic players and it’s a difficult job for the coach who has to decide".
"I don’t compare myself with anyone. I try to do my job and help the team. I'm in good form and thank god things are going well".
"I have many friends, not only at Atletico. Once the referee blows his whistle, friendships are put to one side until the match ends and everyone defends their colours".
"They will try to play their own game and uses their strengths to get through. We’re not thinking about the past. It's a new tie and hopefully it goes our way".
Cristiano and Griezmann
"They are different players, two world class players. Griezmann is a great player and last year he was close to winning the Champions League and the European Championships, which is what Cristiano won. I wish him a successful career, apart from in this tie".