NEWS | 09/05/2017 | Javier García“We have to give everything and leave our souls out on the field, maintain high levels of concentration and believe in ourselves”, said the captain.
"I don’t know what the fans are feeling. I experienced a great atmosphere at the Bernabéu in the first leg and that's what I can talk about. They took us flying along with them. We go there to play football and I’ll not get into controversial messages or anything. We have a great result behind us, but we’re going to give everything. We’ll not go out to defend the result".
The good work of Zidane
"I expected it. He’s achieving things that almost nobody has achieved on a statistical level and in terms of results, and that’s highly valued. We’re very happy that the gaffer steers the boat and that the results are coming".
Know how to win and lose
"Throughout my career I’ve had to win and lose. I've taken to winning better, but you have to know how to handle losing. I’ve had lessons and I’ve learned more in defeats. Everyone takes it in their own way".
Goal in Lisbon
"I’ve got a nice memory of it. Every time we face them it’s inevitable to be reminded of that. In football you must reset yourself every year and when I retire I’ll have time to think about what I’ve won. For the madridistas the derbies are always different because of what they mean, but nothing changes. Tomorrow we’ll have to go out as focused as ever".
"It's not the first time we’ve played at the Calderón. They have fan who don’t stop supporting them as well, but the more they get behind their team, the more they motivate me. I don’t think there is a big difference between the Atlético and Bayern fans, for example, who also get behind their team. It's not a matter of talking about fans".
"I hope they are just as professional as all the footballers. There is a referee who’s in charge of the match. We’ve no fear of going to the Calderón. They’ll play to their strengths and so will we".
Fight for two titles
"We are sure of ourselves, we are showing it. We’re not fazed by anything. Everything is in our own hands, we can win these two titles and we can lose them. We must keep equally clear ideas about what we’re trying to do and treat opponents with respect. The good part of the season is coming, it's a very beautiful moment. Every year I’d take it to be going in to this stage of the season depending on ourselves to win these titles".
"It seems that we all grew up in Beverly Hills and with a lot of money. There are also people here from the hood, humble, with values and manners. Everything is decided out on the field, eleven against eleven. The campaigns and what is said is respectable but it’ll not change anything. We’ll continue with our same sacrifice, humility and will fight out on the pitch".
Whistles for Piqué
"If I go to Barcelona the same happens to me too. I’ll not change people’s opinion. Everyone keeps their own house in order".
"He’s been influencing Atlético for years. The results are there. He has made Atlético competitive in the league and Europe. He wants to motivate his players, as Zidane does with us. Every teacher has his way of doing things but only one can win".
Importance of scoring
"I do not know if it will be decisive. It depends on the minute and when you score. We’ll try to go out to win the game and score a goal that may not be decisive, but important for the tie".
"Maybe it could be one of the most complete squads we've had. We've always had the best players. The key is that all the players are motivated, playing minutes and in good form, not only 11 players. We’re benefiting from having 25 players who if chosen tomorrow, are at a competitive level.
"It's not the time to talk about signings. When the season is over, if we have to welcome some new teammates, we will. We’re playing to be in the final now, we know what it takes, and it requires a high level of concentration. It's what we're going to try to do out on the field".