Atlético Madrid midfielder Cristian 'Cebolla' Rodríguez has declared that the club's Europa League last 32 second leg tie with Rubin Kazan on Thursday was a crucial game for the club and insisted they would go out to win the game and qualify for the last 16 of the tournament.
Duty as competition holders: "Atlético Madrid are very respected because of everything they have achieved. We are the holders of the Europa League and this means that we have to give everything in this tie."
Confidence: "We are going into the game in confident mood, we believe in the squad that is travelling to the game. This game is the most important thing for this team right now, it's going to be tough. We had a very bad result in the first leg but we hope we can get a good result this time."
Are the team looking for revenge? "Yes, I would call it revenge. We didn't deserve the result from the first leg. We were very bad in the first half, but then we improved. Now we have no choice but to win."
Weather conditions (temperatures are expected to be between (-6º and -13ºC):"We know it's going to be very cold, but we will be prepared for that."
Young players in the squad:"It's good for us and it's good for them because they have the chance to be with the first team."