Antoine Griezmann recalled what went through his head as he went clear against Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer in the Champions League semi-final.
Atletico Madrid on Tuesday eliminated Bayern and a day later Real Madrid dispatched Manchester City to set up a second capital derby in three years in the competition’s final.
“It’s one more game, it will be nice because it’s my first one, but I’ll try to enjoy it as always. We shouldn’t feel a lot of pressure, we should enjoy it and try to win it as we always do,” Griezmann said, AS reports.
“We made a tremendous defensive effort in Munich. We knew we weren’t going to have much of the ball and we were going to have to score.
“When I was one-on-one with Manuel Neuer, there was no time to think. I tried to open up my foot so he thinks that’s what I’m going to do, then I closed it again and it went over his leg.
“Diego Simeone has made me a better goal scorer. Before I didn’t score so many. I’ve improved in training and I learn from him every day. I didn’t hesitate when I was told Atletico wanted to sign me. For the team they had, the Coach. I try to improve every day.
“There is no favourite. Anything can happen. It will be a beautiful game, we’ll play our way and we’ll see. Now we have to finish the League games with rhythm. Then there’s two weeks to the final and it will be tough.”
Griezmann added that teammates who experienced the 2014 defeat to Los Blancos, such as Diego Godin, aren’t necessarily out for revenge.
“Godin? He wants to win at Levante! It’s a complicated question and if we only think of the final we’ll fail the two tests we have. He’ll fight for everything and try to do his best as he always does,” Griezmann continued, before replying to criticism from Arturo Vidal.
“We’re in the final and that’s more important for us. No matter how we play, we play well. We’ll give everything. Trust us. No matter the opponent, we want to give everything and win.”