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Atletico ‘deserve’ Champions League glory, says Carrasco

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It is in the ambitions of Yannick Carrasco to celebrate winning the Champions League with Atletico Madrid this season.

Thrice have Atletico Madrid reached the final of the Champions League in their 117-year long history, but not once have they managed to lift the trophy.

Both of their last defeats came at the hands of Real Madrid, the most successful team in the competition.

In the 2013 final, they managed to keep their city rivals at bay until 90 minutes but ended up 4-1 losers after extra time. They progressed a little in 2016 one, keeping the scoreline tied until 120 minutes, but lost the match on penalties.

Yannick Carrasco was the one who scored the 79th-minute equalizer in Milan four years ago to give his side some hope that ultimately ended in anguish.

“It’s true that Atletico deserve a Champions League after having lost two in Milan finals in such difficult circumstances,” said Carrasco in an interview with Marca.

“After being ahead and conceding in the last minute in the first and then losing on penalties in the second. I think Atletico deserve to win this trophy.

“We respect RB Leipzig, they’re a good, competitive team. They finished third in Germany, which means they’re a good side. It’ll be a difficult match, and we’ll need to know how to hurt them to win the match.”