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Godin: “Messi can hurt you anywhere on pitch”

The stalwart defender’s return to fitness for this crucial match has been greeted with relief and delight by Diego Simeone and the rest of the squad.

“I’ve worked hard to be able to recover as quickly as possible and I’m ready to face Barcelona” the central defender told members of the press.

Barcelona come into this match fresh from a chastening defeat to Real Madrid, but Godin doesn’t believe that the Blaugrana will be adversely affected.

“A team of their experience, won’t let one defeat get to them. We are expecting Barcelona to be at their best,” he added, “we will prepare for them and do what we can to shut them down.”

Lionel Messi is likely to play a part somewhere along the line in this all-Spanish tie, but the Uruguayan is confident that Atletico Madrid can keep the Argentinian forward quiet.

“[Lionel] Messi can hurt you from anywhere on the pitch, but we trust in our collective ability.

“We know that the decisive match is the one that will be played this Tuesday, but we wouldn’t take a draw if we were offered it now. We’re looking to win this match.”

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