Diego Godin believes Atletico Madrid have to treat the second leg of their Champions League tie with Milan as if it were a final.

Atletico have a one-goal lead from the first leg but the defender told a Press conference it’s not enough of a gap to consider comfortable.

“We have a slight advantage but this is football and against a team like Milan we have to play a great game, like a final. We can’t trust our lead.

“It will be very hard, as the first leg was. I hope for the best version of Milan.

“They have been doing well in the competition. I expect we’ll see the best Atletico but also the best Milan.”

Godin was asked about the threat posed by Adel Taarabt, on loan at Milan from Queens Park Rangers.

“He’s a great player and showed a lot of quality in the first leg,” Godin replied.

“We must keep him in mind, especially us in the defence.

Godin concluded by suggesting the Champions League was a learning experience – one Atleti hoped to thrive in, as well as staying in the fight domestically.

“It’s important for everyone, for us, for the fans, for the club.

“We have high hopes for the competition and the League as a competitive level is important to help us grow, personally and in football.”

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