Antoine Griezmann has revealed that hosting this season’s Champions League Final is an extra motivation for Atletico Madrid ahead of their clash with Juventus.
The Rojiblancos welcome Juve to Wanda Metropolitano in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday and Griezmann is confident his side can surpass their last season’s exploits in Europe.
The World Cup winner further conceded they have the quality to last the pace in Europe’s top-tier competition.
“We have players that have already played in Champions League, Europa League and World Cup finals,” he told UEFA’s official website.
“We’re already gaining in confidence in important games and moments and I think it’s at those times that we really raise our game and that helps us play better.
“We have new faces in the team, but I think that the fundamental base remains the same and that is what will help us to go far.
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“[Hosting the Final] gives us and the fans even more motivation. There’s always a great atmosphere and that’s what we need, that’s what we want as players.
“[A home Final] would be a celebration for everyone associated with Atletico. The path there will be very difficult, but we will try our best; we will do everything in our power to get there, and then we’ll see.”