Atletico eager to neutralise Real

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April 13, 2015 14:51:30 UK

Diego Godin is determined to try and unsettle Real Madrid in the Calderon.

Atletico Madrid defensive duo Miranda and Diego Godin insist their side will go for the win in their Champions League quarter-final first leg at home to Real Madrid.

Atleti play host to their city rivals at the Vicente Calderon on Tuesday evening, in a repeat of the final last season which saw the Rojiblancos come within seconds of lifting the trophy, only to be denied at the death and then overpowered in extra-time.

We fight to win the match and get through this tie.


And their South American pair are well aware of what needs to be done to ensure a good platform to take into the second leg in the Bernabeu.

Miranda told the Spanish media: “We have the biggest game of the season, we rely on our strengths and we will go for the win. We fight to win the match and get through this tie.

“We face the game for what it is, a great game and each game has its own story. Now we want to write a new one, playing at home, in front of our fans and looking for the win.”

Meanwhile, Godin has talked up the need not only to win the first leg, but also to try and avoid conceding an away goal against the might of Real.

He added: “We need to take advantage of the Calderon in the first leg. We need to perform with our own power and dynamic, also with our fans, and get a result. It would be best to not concede – that would be fundamental.”

Atletico welcome both Godin and midfielder Tiago back after suspension, while Raul Garcia is a major doubt due to an arm problem.

Real have a fit-again James Rodriguez back in the fold after a lay-off because of a foot injury, while Gareth Bale is expected to feature after shaking off a knock.

The home side are 2.87 to win the game on Tuesday and are 8.00 to triumph by a 1-0 margin, with Atleti 3.25 to keep a clean sheet on home turf.

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