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Chicharito interview for UEFA ahead of the Champions League semifinal | May 3rd, 2015


Can you describe the emotion you felt after scoring the winning goal in the second leg of the quarter-final clash with Atlético?
Pure joy. That goal was what we had been searching for. It was a team effort. We were only able to score once over the 180 minutes: Atlético defended extremely well, Oblak put in two fine performances… It seemed as though a goal would never come, but we never lost faith and kept on fighting. We knew that sooner or later it would come, and that’s what happened in the end.

What was the atmosphere like when you arrived at the Bernabéu?
Just incredible. We could see everything from the coach. That kind of thing really affects you; at least it does in my case. It filled me with excitement and gave me even more motivation ahead of the match.

What would reaching the final with Real Madrid mean for you?
A lot. It is something we all think about. I’ve had five years of playing in the Champions League and got to a final once but unfortunately was not able to win it. Lifting the cup is something every footballer dreams about. But our minds are focused on Juventus right now. We have to take it one step at a time because there is still a long way to go to get to Berlin. We know that Juventus are going to be very tough opponents and will try to do our best in order to get to the final.

What does wearing the Real Madrid jersey mean for you?
It really represents motivation, excitement and determination. Playing for the best club in the world is a dream come true. I try to make the most of the chances I’m given and also enjoy them. That is the thought always going through my mind.