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Atletico need to fight to the death, says Koke

23 May 2014 12:41

Koke has called for Atletico Madrid to fight to the death when they face city rivals Real Madrid in Saturday's UEFA Champions League final.

Atletico claimed a first La Liga title since 1996 with a 1-1 draw at Barcelona last Saturday and have the chance to make it a memorable double with victory at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon this weekend.

However, Atletico will face a Real side motivated by the prospective of winning Europe's premier club competition for a 10th time.

Midfielder Koke believes Atletico will be the underdogs and knows what kind of mentality it will take for Diego Simeone's men to get their hands on the trophy for the first time in their history.

"We have to be super-concentrated (to beat Real)," Koke told AS. "They have one of the best squads in the world and it will be very, very, very difficult to play against them.

"We were able to win at the Bernabeu and draw at the Calderon (in La Liga this season), but they eliminated us from the Copa (del Rey).

"It will be a very tight match where we will have to fight as if it were the last game of our lives.

"They (Real) are the favourites with such a large staff and all that money. But we will play with our humility, our heart and our will.

"They have one of the best attacks that there is. The entire team will have to defend to death."

Koke has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Manchester United, but the 22-year-old insists he has no desire to leave his boyhood club.

He added: "I am very happy here in my home and there is nothing more to say."

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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
24 May 2014
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
1 - 1
Extra-time
4 - 1

Goals

0 - 1
36' D. Godín
 (assist by Juanfran)
Sergio Ramos 90'+3
(assist by L. Modrić) 
1 - 1
G. Bale 110'  
2 - 1
Marcelo 118'  
3 - 1
Cristiano Ronaldo (PG) 120'  
4 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
4 27' 90+3'
5
15
2 120+3'
19
6 45+1'
11 110'
22
7 120' 120+1'
9
Coach: C. Ancelotti
# Player Bookings
13
23 53'
20 74'
3
2 36' 120'
5
14 100'
8 27'
6 86'
9 72'
19
Coach: D. Simeone

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
12 118' 118'
23
21
3
17
24
25
# Player Bookings
7
24
12
1
4
11
26

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