NEWS | 28/05/2020"Oblak and I know each other well and the shootout wasn't the ideal time to take a Panenka-style penalty", he commented in an interview with UEFA's official channels.
"We're a side that knows its strengths and we'd been working on how to do damage through set pieces for a long time. We've got some great headerers of the ball and knew that could work to our advantage. On the goal that made it 1-0, I managed to just get my toe on to the ball to score the goal".
Spot-kick in the decisive moment
"Taking a Panenka-style penalty is a marvellous way to take one when it comes to taking on that risk, but only when people think that you're not going to do it. Oblak and I had a history and we knew each other well and it wasn't the ideal time to do it. The ball ultimately ended up in the back of the net, which was the main thing".
Rivalry and fair play
"I didn't speak to any of the Atlético players that I know from the Spanish national team before the game, the likes of Juanfran, Koke and Fernando Torres. We were all really focused and there was no time to speak to each other because there was a lot at stake. After the game, I went to speak to all of their team and offered them words of encouragement, particularly Juanfran. When you miss a penalty, you have to become strong and overcome these kinds of things that football throws your way. You've got to show that fair play with your teammates and help each other out at such times".