- Atletico Madrid won the UEFA Super Cup following their 4-2 win against Real Madrid
- Diego Costa scored a brace with Koke and Saul adding one each in Extra-time following Benzema and Ramos’ strike in normal time
- Koke spoke after the game about the need to defeat Real Madrid following their 2 recent defeats in Champions League Finals
After losing 2 UEFA Champions League Finals against Real Madrid in recent years, Atletico Madrid finally managed to get one over their city rivals on Wednesday night as they secured a 4-2 Extra-time win in the UEFA Super Cup clash in Estonia.
After Diego Costa had given Atletico the lead in less than 60 seconds, the 13-time European champions came back to take the lead before Costa’s second of the match to send the tie into extra-time.
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Memories of the 2013 Champions League Final would have flooded back once the match went into overtime but unlike that year, Atletico Madrid managed to seal the win with goals from Saul and Koke in Extra-time and secure their first trophy of the season. The other talking point of this encounter was the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, who after 9 successful seasons at Santiago Bernabeu decided to join Italian champions Juventus.
Koke, who scored the final goal of the match, spoke after the match about the mental block that they had to overcome at the A. Le Coq Arena to ensure a victory. He said,”We wanted to beat Madrid, but above all to win again. We wanted to win a European final at Madrid. And when you play as a group, success comes.
It was a spectacular game and now we have to have peace of mind because we are starting.”
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With Gabi off to Qatar to play for Al Sadd SC, Koke is now the senior statesman in that Atletico midfield. After the match, the 26-year-old spoke about his goal, he said,”Very happy for the goal, I wanted to put one in a fine and what better than this occasion.”
Now that UEFA Super Cup is out of they way, Diego Simeone and his team will shift their focus completely on La Liga, which starts this weekend. In their opening encounter, Atletico Madrid travels to Valencia, which is going to be a stern test for the side, which is looking to win only it’s second La Liga title of this century.
The summer was fraught with the saga surrounding Antoine Griezmann. However, once the Frenchman decided to extend his contract with 2013-2014 La Liga winners, Simeone and his recruitment staff shifted their focus on bringing in new players including the likes of Gelson Martins and Thomas Lemar. Both these players will add a lot of quality to the Atletico Madrid squad and will help them achieve their targets this season.
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