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Iniesta: I’m not that concerned with what happens in the Champions League final

Andres Iniesta has admitted that he will not be keeping a close eye on Saturday’s Champions League final in Milan.

Spanish rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will be fighting for the European trophy, but Iniesta’s interest in the competition ended with Barcelona’s exit at the quarter final stage.

In truth, the Blaugrana midfielder rues the end of season blip that ended his side’s run in Europe and which almost derailed their charge for the title.

“We had a good cushion in the league but we still faltered,” he said, “it’s normal for a team to have a rough patch but our’s struck at a bad moment for us.

“It was difficult to analyse why our level of performance dropped, there is no clear explanation, but it could be that the weight of the treble from last season distracted us, perhaps we believed that it would be impossible to repeat.”

While the midfielder will miss the chance to lift the Champions League trophy, he has won the league and the Copa del Rey in what was ultimately a fruitful campaign.

These two titles added to the European Super Cup and the World Club Cup that had been secured earlier this term.

“We really wanted to win the Champions League this year, and now I don’t mind what happens in the final because we’re not taking part.

“I don’t wish for anything team bad to happen to either team, it’s just that I only pay attention to what my club is doing.”

The evergreen player will have another chance to win one of the biggest club competitions in the world, and the 32-year-old still feels fit and healthy.

“I don’t want to plan too far ahead, I prefer to take it day by day, but nevertheless, I take care of my body and the club helps me a lot – I feel really good.”

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