Gabi spoke to the media in the build-up to the Champions League semi-final between Real Madrid and Atlético, and warned of the need to control emotions.
Gabi: Atlético are gaining experience
Difference to other derbies: “They are always different, we’re gaining more experience in this competition. Each time we’re going further, and we hope that this time, the result will be different to in previous years.”
Madrid are a complete team: “They dominate the pitch really well. They’re a complete team. Tomorrow I’m sure that we’ll find the best way to cause them damage, the two teams have similar styles.”
Two-legged ties: “The first leg is always important in the Champions League. In other ties, we’ve had a great first leg, and that has set us up to progress. What you do in the first match determines whether you prevail in the second."
Atléti must control emotions
Emotion: “We have to control our emotions. For me, the prospect of playing in another final excites me hugely, but in order to get there, we must keep our emotions under control to play the perfect game and try to beat Madrid. The finer details are very important in these games.”
Juanfran said that you’ll lift ‘Big Ears’ in Cardiff: “I hope so. He’s a good friend and I hope he’s right. We all love playing in this competition. But you can’t do anything just with the heart, we have to work hard. The heart doesn’t win trophies.”