"I went through those moments when we faced Real Madrid or Barca and you knew that you were going to lose. And we even thought about not losing by too many goals. Now things have changed a lot, Atletico are a team to fear, not only in domestic competition but also at a European level. They achieved that by being the best defensive side and being more lethal than before in attack. With that on mind, the team can reach whatever they want.
It was when I left that Simeone arrived. He was the one that cleaned up Atletico's act, and they started winning titles. I would really like to be in this side enjoying so much, especially because of the respect they command. During my time there the squad had so many tough moments, coach changes, seasons with not very good results... But you do not choose when you are in any one place and I feel proud of having been there.
There is no easy knockout at the Champions League. A tie in the first leg gives the chance for a thousand of possibilities, I think Atletico feel they are better and I think they are better. When they feel that, they prove it on the pitch. It is not easy to have that pressure of being the favorite. It is more a handicap than an advantage. But I think Atletico will qualify", said 30-year-old Roberto.