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Tiago: "The fans are always capable of touching our hearts"

Tiago Mendes went through the mixed zone after the match against Barcelona. Sad about the defeat and optimistic about the final

The Portuguese midfielder who started alongside Gabi, said that today's defeat was painful because Atletico deserved a whole lot more than Barcelona. "Barcelona has not done much to win this game. At the end we were sad because we know we could have won that Barcelona has done little to take the three points." He also made it clear that the team gave everything and had enough opportunities to win." We have given our best, the team played well and created chances. We had to make 2-0 and we didn’t. Eventually we paid a heavy price in this game."

The Portuguese midfielder predicted a tough match on Friday against a powerful Real Madrid. However, the enthusiasm and motivation to end the season with a title is strong enough to give their best during the match. "It will be difficult because Real Madrid has great players. It is an important match because it is a final, we’re playing for a title against Real Madrid and it is very important because after this amazing season we've had we can round it with a title at the Bernabeu."

Finally, the Luso congratulated Barcelona for winning La Liga. "We played a game like we had to against the champions. They are to be congratulated on that. I think it has helped us prepare for the final even though we lost. We need to look forward."