MILAN (AP) — With the pain still fresh in their minds, Atletico Madrid has an added motivation for Saturday’s Champions League final rematch against Real Madrid.
Atletico was on the verge of claiming Europe’s premier club competition in 2014 when Madrid equalized in stoppage time and went on to win 4-1.
But Atletico captain Gabi Fernandez, who called it a “cruel defeat,” says the “past is not worth considering.” The midfielder adds “you can only judge us on what we do tomorrow.”
One Atletico player who has won the prestigious trophy is former Chelsea forward Fernando Torres. He says it would be a “dream” to repeat that feat with his childhood club.
Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.