Atletico Madrid captain Diego Godin revealed the cause of the 0-3 defeat to Juventus in the Champions League last 16 second leg at Juventus Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Madrid outfit actually had the better chance to qualify for the last 8 of the Champions League because in the tie they were 2-0 ahead of Juventus after the first leg .
However, when Diego Simeone's troops returned to the field in Turin, the Juventus star player, Cristiano Ronaldo went crazy.
Ronaldo became the hero of Juventus victory in the second leg by scoring a hat trick. It was the Bianconerri who earned the right to qualify for the last 8 of the Champions League because they were winning 3-2 on aggregate at Atletico Madrid.
Failing to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals, Godin then revealed the reason why his team was lackluster in the second leg .
According to Godin, Atletico Madrid did not have the spirit of fight as showed by Juventus. The Uruguay international considered that Juventus played very well, both when attacking and guarding defense.
"We wanted to maintain excellence. We played like we don't want to score goals. We failed to play what we wanted," Godin said to Football Italia after the match.
Ronaldo's fantastic performanceadded with scoring a hattrick against Atletico Madrid's goal proved that he is still the biggest scourge for Simeone's squad.
The proof is, according to Opta Sport statistics, in five Atletico Madrid meetings in the Champions League with a team that Ronaldo has played, including Juventus, Los Rojiblancos always failed to advance to the next round.
Meanwhile, so far there are six teams who have qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals, they are Ajax Amsterdam, FC Porto, Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
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