Raul Garcia believes that whilst Atletico Madrid will maintain their humility, they will be respected by opponents in the Champions League.
Los Colchoneros completed Group G on Wednesday evening with a 2-0 win over Porto, thanks to Garcia’s opener followed by Diego Costa’s effort, both during the first half.
“We always go out to try to win so we are happy with [Wednesday’s] result,” Garcia commented post-match.
“We knew they would look to play, but we did the work we had to do. With my goal, my movement was good, I struck the ball well and it went in. The most important thing, however, is that the team won.
“When I scored, I went to the bench to celebrate with the team doctor and physios because they do such important work that allows us to play on days when we might otherwise not be fit for action.
“We have qualified as group winners and we know we will be respected.
“Logically, there are some teams stronger than others but at this level saying you'd prefer one team or another in the draw makes no sense.
“On a personal level, I am finishing the group stage happy to have brought something to the cause and to have scored goals.
“We will try to continue doing things well in the Champions League – let's see how far we can get. We will retain our humility in our work and will respect whoever we are drawn to face.
“One of the strong points of this club is the atmosphere within the squad. Everyone knows what they have to do and they are eager to do it.
“You can really notice it these past two years we have been working with the Coach.”