Mario Suarez: We're just focused on the present, not revenge against Real Madrid

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The Atletico Madrid midfielder insists his team will be pulling out all the stops to beat Real Madrid in the Champions League, irrespective of the past.

They were just moments away from victory in the Champions League final in Lisbon last season, but Atletico Madrid were left stunned and shell-shocked, when Sergio Ramos grabbed an injury time equaliser. The rest, as they say, is history, with Real Madrid going on to score three more in extra-time.

At the Champions League preview press conference on Tuesday, via AS (translations by Heath Chesters/HITC), Atletico Madrid midfielder Mario Suarez was asked if this next encounter with their city rivals, presents the perfect opportunity to exact some European revenge.

The 28-year-old responded: "No. At the time that defeat hurt us, but we're just focused on the present. This is a great game for us, we consider it as being like a final, and we'll be trying to beat them again."

Suarez mentioning "again", was of course referring to the excellent domestic record his side have enjoyed, particularly as recently as February, when Atletico Madrid smashed four past Real Madrid, humiliating their illustrious city rivals in La Liga.

However, the Spain international acknowledged that perhaps this next encounter, might not be so easy, or have such an ample score. Suarez explained: "Obviously this is going to be a really difficult game. The best team on the day and who makes the fewest mistakes, will be the one to take victory. We're clear we must present the best version of ourselves, if we're to take a good result."

Suarez was particularly highlighted for his individual performance, as Atletico fought their way past Bayer Leverkusen, in the previous round. He hopes to keep that kind of form going, pointing out: "I would like to be the way I was that day, and a repeat the outcome."

Real Madrid will be much tougher opponents, especially given the dual significance of the encounter being both a city derby, and on the European stage. To have any chance of winning, Suarez insisted: "We must give 120%."

In his own press conference, Carlo Ancelotti had suggested a draw might be enough for Real Madrid, if away goals come into the equation. In conclusion, Suarez doesn't see things the same way for Atletico Madrid, underlining in conclusion: "We'll be going for the win, and I'm sure they will be to." Suarez clearly refuses to believe their rivals will simply settle for a draw at the Calderon.

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