Calcutta: Miguel Angel Gil Marin, Atletico Madrid owner and CEO, was not ready to give too much importance to the La Liga leaders’ shock 0-2 loss to Levante last weekend. “These things happen. We are not losing sleep over it,” he said on Tuesday.
“We still have two matches in hand and so anything can happen,” he added.
When asked to compare the Salt Lake Stadium with the Vicente Calderon — Atletico’s home ground — Miguel said he was not in a position to compare the two. “This is a beautiful stadium… Calderon also has its own appeal. We have a very boisterous crowd…
“I have heard Diego Maradona was here (in 2008) and Lionel Messi played an international friendly (in 2011). So this stadium also has a history… Now you will see Atletico here. It will be a treat for the fans… Wait and watch,” he said.
Former World Cupper Carlos Aguilera, who is the director of grassroots, said winning the Champions League will be a big thing for Atletico.
“But first, we need to focus on the La Liga. We still have two more matches to play, against Malaga (home) and Barcelona (away)… Only then can we think of Real (Madrid) in Lisbon. It will be fantastic if we can make it a double.”
Aguilera said he enjoys his role in the club. “Given the role I play for my club, I believe working at the grassroots is very important. I’ll try to do such work here as well.”
Aguilera, too, was bowled over by the Salt Lake Stadium. “It’s a huge one… It’s one of the gigantic venues we’ve come across… Don’t know about the artificial turf, though.”