Gabi insists Atletico Madrid will face Barcelona with the intention of winning but is concerned for a Copa del Rey exit hangover.
Atletico were eliminated from the quarter-finals by Celta Vigo with a 3-2 defeat at Vicente Calderon just days before travelling to Camp Nou as La Liga’s top two meet.
“Celta played a serious game, worked with great intensity though we started the game well enough,” the captain reflected, AS reports.
“But they scored, although we thought we could equalise. At 2-1 we gave everything to recover, but in the end it wasn’t to be.
“Clearly the games you win are the ones where you’re most successful in front of goal. We only think about how we can be better for the end of the season.
“In truth it’s disappointing because this team has earned the right to fight for all trophies. It’s a pain and I hope this doesn’t have an effect on the League game against Barca.
“That’s a great game, a game we all love to play. We’ll go there with the intention of winning.”