Godin: Atletico goal was beautiful

Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin said that scoring for the club in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Real Valladolid was a beautiful experience.

The Uruguayan showed unusual calmness for a central defender in an attacking position, playing a one-two with Koke before opening the scoring for Atleti on the half-hour mark, and declared himself immensely satisfied with his effort.

“I’m very happy with the goal. It’s always beautiful to score, more so when you are a defender. On top of that, if you team then wins it is even better.

“It came from a ball I cut out and I created some space for myself to play the one-two and it was instinctive,” said the 26-year-old in an interview with AS.

Godin believes Atletico have a strong squad this season, yet is refusing to get carried away and is taking things step by step.

“In truth we are really strong, a very good side, and are showing a great attitude. It is a good feeling but we need to take things game by game. That is going to be our philosophy.

Atleti boss Diego Simeone recently demanded more goals from his midfielders and Godin agrees that the team cannot rely solely on the prolific Radamel Falcao.

“It is good that others score because what if Falcao has a cold? Do we not play?” he asked.

“We have a very good squad and we have shown that. Falcao is essential but this is a team,” he added.

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