Diego Godin believes Barcelona striker Luis Suarez is the best in the world in his position and evaluated his Atletico Madrid teammates.
Godin appeared on Canal+ to look back over his career and explained how he became a central defender.
“I was always a forward or a midfielder. They threw me back there for one game and I stayed. I didn’t like it at first,” he admitted, AS reports.
“But then I got the fever. It helps to think like a striker, to intuit what they’re going to do.”
Godin recalled scoring the goal that effectively clinched the title for Atletico in the 2013-14 season, when he netted at Camp Nou against Barcelona in the final game of the season.
“It gives me goose bumps [to think about]. I don’t tire of talking about it. It’s always the nicest recognition,” he revealed, before moving on to discussing Atleti.
“Vicente Calderon is a great stadium, which always makes its presence felt.
“Koke is a part of the club. He might not make plays like Antoine Griezmann, but he does a very important job for the team.
“Tiago? He is very intelligent. He always knows where to be, where the ball will go.
“With Griezmann’s performances it’s normal he’s caught the attention of other clubs in Europe. Diego Simeone made him more consistent.
“Jose Gimenez is 20 and plays like he’s 30. No one gets past him. Yannick Carrasco is different. He’s magical.”
Compatriot Suarez also came in for high praise from Godin, who also weighed in on events in El Clasico.
“Barca played a great match, very intense. Madrid started well but couldn’t regain the ball,” he said.
“Suarez? He’s the best No 9 in the world. He adapts to everything a striker needs to do.”