Simeone during his press conference / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

Atlético Madrid manger Diego Simeone, along with centre-back Diego Godin, spoke to the media ahead of his side’s Champions League quarter-final with FC Barcelona on Tuesday.

The team that trails Barça by six points in the league standings arrived in Barcelona at midday on Monday with 24 players. Here is the pick of what Simeone had to say about the upcoming first leg:

Decisive game

“We know that tomorrow’s game will be decisive and will mark the future of the tie. We are preparing for a difficult game, tough and competitive, against the best Barça possible, but we will do all in our power to reduce their chances.”

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“I’m optimistic because we have worked very well and we hope to improve.”

Aiming for a win

“It’s important that the 18 players understand that each minute is a lifetime. The result we are aiming for at the Camp Nou is a victory.”

Praise for Luis Enrique

“They are doing things spectacularly well with Luis Enrique and it will be a tough tie.”

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