Gabi agrees he is Diego Simeone’s extension on the field after organising an Atletico Madrid win over Benfica to top Champions League Group C.
Atleti went to Lisbon level on points with the Eagles but came away with a 2-1 victory that, in theory, offers a better draw in the next round.
“We came to win, we scored goals in a very good game, but the goal they scored made us suffer,” the captain said after the match, AS reports.
“We have players with a lot of quality, able to unbalance the opposition.
“Being first was the target, so we [look to the draw] with humility and respect.
“Cholo’s extension? We have a similar way of understanding football.”