Jan Oblak hailed Atletico Madrid’s achievement of four straight Champions League quarter-finals as “it’s not easy at all” to accomplish.
Oblak played a starring role in Atleti’s goalless draw with Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday, which was enough to ensure Diego Simeone had taken Los Colchoneros into the last eight in each of his four Champions League campaigns at the helm.
“To be in Europe’s top eight for the fourth consecutive year, it’s not easy at all,” the goalkeeper said after the game.
“We feel very good because Atletico are in the quarters for the fourth consecutive season and that’s something very important for the club and ourselves.
“We fought to win, but in the end it didn’t happen. Still, the most important thing is that we’re in the quarters. Now we must think about the next League game.
“Two years ago, I made a debut here in the Champions League [against Leverkusen] because of the bad luck to Miguel [Angel Moya], who was injured.
“I have good memories of that match and that moment of two years ago. I started to play more after that.
“The team will grow as they have been in recent years and I know we can do great things.”