Mario Suarez has reflected on the worth in Atletico Madrid beating Valencia this weekend, admitting that how the team finish the season is important.
Atleti welcome fellow European qualification hopefuls Los Che to the Vicente Calderon, sitting comfortably in third place in La Liga.
For midfielder Suarez, the opportunity to take points from Valencia must not be missed.
“This is a very important game, like they all are, it’s in front of our fans and against a big rival,” Suarez reflected to reporters this week.
“After a week’s break in which there has been no League action, we are keen to play and win with our philosophy to go game by game. We know it's a very important game for our objectives.”
Valencia are likely to be without Roberto Soldado for the trip into the capital.
“Soldado is a major player for them, but Valencia are a great team that has good players like Jonah, they are scoring a lot of goals.
“They’ve got Piatti, and Valdez who’re having great seasons. The players don’t worry us individually, but as a team they’re strong, but if we’re at our best, we think we’ve got a good chance.
“We have two clear objectives, to qualify for the Champions League and the Copa del Rey Final, they are too important objectives for us.”
Suarez reiterated Diego Simeone’s message from earlier this week that Atletico have to finish the season strongly so as to make a success of it.
“In the end, what the fans remember is how you finish the season. What we are doing is very important.
“We are having a great season but it is true that what counts is how we finish, if we do not have a good end to the season it will be a failure.
“The important thing is that we are having a good season but the goal is to finish well and do better than we're doing.”