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Juventus game like a final for Atletico - Godin

30 September 2014, 19:29

Madrid - Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin believes his side have to take a do-or-die approach into their crucial Champions League clash with Juventus on Wednesday.

La Liga champions Atletico surprisingly lost their opening group game 3-2 away to Olympiakos two weeks ago leaving them in need of a win to enhance their chances of progression to the last 16.

"For us it is a final. We will prepare for it like the big match it is, we need three points and in front of our fans we will do everything possible to get the win," said Godin.

The Uruguayan was the last man to beat Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon as his header eliminated Italy from the World Cup at the group stages.

Since then Buffon and the Juventus defence have kept five clean sheets in making a 100 percent start to the season in all competitions.

"It is clear that Juventus are showing the defensive solidity they have had for a few years now.

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"We will have to defend well and attack well to score goals. They have had a great squad for a number of years, but this year they have started especially well."

Atletico boss Diego Simeone confirmed that La Liga regular Miguel Angel Moya will continue in goal after Jan Oblak endured a tough debut against Olympiakos.

However, Atletico captain Gabi remains a major doubt as he sat out training on Tuesday after suffering an ankle injury in the 4-0 win over Sevilla at the weekend.

"I have a lot of respect and admiration for what Juventus have achieved over the last few years," said Simeone.

"They are always a very competitive team. They have great players in attack and defence and don't make many errors. We will need to play at a very high level."



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