Oblak: It was important not to concede any goals at home

Atletico Madrid

The Atletico Madrid goalkeeper made a string of important sides, as the Champions League clash ended without goals against Real Madrid.

The battle between the fierce rivals finishing without goals, wasn't for the lack of chances, particularly for visiting Real Madrid. But when they did managed to get shots through on target, the Atletico Madrid keeper produced key saves to keep his side firmly in the tie.

Firmly one of the main protagonists, Slovenian 'keeper Jan Oblak was praised for his performance by Spanish broadcasters, TVE, to which he responded: "I felt good, just like all the team. We worked really hard in what was a very tough game. Now we have the second-leg next week and we're fine."

Having signalled confidence that his team can still get through to the semi-finals, Oblak was asked if Atletico are satisfied with the first-leg result. He replied: "For sure we always want to score and win, but it was important not to concede any goals at home."

The 22-year-old wasn't keen on making any predictions, when it comes to expectations for the second-leg. When asked, he simply suggested: "I don't know. Real Madrid have a great team and many great players. At 0-0 we'll just have to see what happens in the next game."

Finally and regarding a yellow card, which sees Real Madrid defender Marcelo suspended for the second-leg, asked if that could prove and advantage for Atletico, their goalie commented: "Marcelo is a very good player, but Real Madrid have plenty of options to replace him."

This encounter was the third outing for Jan Oblak in the Champions League, having also made four appearances in La Liga and six in the Copa del Rey, following his arrival from Benfica last summer.

(Translations: Heath Chesters/HITC)

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