Oblak: Reaching final not enough

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak insists “it’s not enough” to play in the Champions League final as “it must be won”.

Oblak will guard Atleti’s goal when his side tackle arch-rivals Real Madrid on May 28, in a rematch of 2014’s Lisbon decider, which ended 4-1 to Los Blancos after extra time, but he made it clear a runners-up medal was not in his sights.

“We’re still a few days away and we’re all waiting,” the shot-stopper told Marca.

“I’m happy to participate [in the final], but it’s not enough to play in it. It must be won. I hope I’ll be happy when it’s over.

“I never make predictions before a match because you never know what will happen.

“When you enter the pitch, you see how things go, but at first it’s difficult. You can imagine one thing and then another happens.

“Derbies are always difficult, in the League, Champions League or wherever, and no-one knows how it will end. We'll see on the 28th.

“[The ‘BBC’] are all great players, among the best in the world. We all know this, but we also have a strong team, with some of the best players around.

“I’ve already said that we’re not afraid of anyone. What’s true is that on the pitch, we always show what we’re about.

“Of course [I know what the CL means to Atleti], for [the fans], for me, for all the players, for the club… We know this and we’ll do everything possible to get what we want.

“When we play at home, it’s difficult for all of our rivals. A spectacular and very good atmosphere is created, also when we play away.

“In the final, it’ll be the same and our fans will help us as they’ve always done.

“I hope [the fans] are proud of me. It’s always better that way, but that must be earned by doing things right on the pitch.

“This season may be good and the next not so much, but that’s football.”

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