“We were losing at the Camp Nou against Barcelona, and the league was slipping away – a league we’d fought so hard for, over 38 games. It had taken so much from us, and you knew that in one game all that work could be gone. We were losing, Diego Costa had got injured, Authentic Allen Iverson Youth Jersey Arda Turan had got injured, and everything was uphill,” Godín recalls. All year, people had said Atlético Madrid would fall away and, he admits, they “fed” on that, rebelling, but now they were falling at the last. And then, he scored the biggest goal in their history to ultimately earn a 1-1 draw, and the title.
“We knew it was back in our hands and there was a relief; you feel your body filling again,” he says. “At the end, you let go: all the happiness and tension. http://www.authenticgrizzliestore.com/Allen_Iverson_Jersey There had been a huge buildup of emotion all year, it had been hard, intense, and for that goal to have give us the title was incredible.”
That is one word for it. Diego Simeone, the coach, had called it “impossible”, thus proving that nothing is. When Atlético became La Liga champions, he took the microphone during celebrations, a quarter of a million people on the Madrid streets, and made it a lesson in life. “This is not just a league,” he said, “what this triumph transmits is much more than that: if you believe and work, you can do it.” There had been applause from the Camp Nou. Although Barcelona had been defeated, it was something to recognise and be thankful for – almost as if this was everyone’s title.
Two years later, it happened again. Sitting in the stands at Atlético’s Cerro de Espino training ground, 20km northwest of Madrid, Godín says: “I was really pleased and I think the immense majority of football lovers, Dennis Rodman Womens Jersey fans everywhere, would have felt the same way. To see a small, modest team built on hard work, where the players are so close, so together, win week after week, stay up there and play so well, when they’re so consistent and they win the league, that makes people take them to their hearts.”
He is not talking about Atlético, although he could be; he is talking about Leicester City. “Personally, I think it’s wonderful,” Godín says. “I’m sure lots of people would have fallen in love with Leicester a bit. It makes you happy things like that can happen in football.”
Godín, a fan who admits to being enamoured with the game, an obsessive watching endless matches, did not just enjoy Leicester winning the league; http://www.authenticspurstore.com/Dennis_Rodman_Jersey he identified with it. One of the recurring themes of this quarter-final is the sense that these teams share something. Atlético Madrid did a Leicester before Leicester did. There was even a parallel with their last goal before being Champions, two centre-backs scoring at the biggest ground in the country: Wes Morgan at Old Trafford, Diego Godín at the Camp Nou.