A slice of luck may be all that’s standing
between Atletico Madrid and their next
piece of silverware, according to
goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
Atletico missed out on the La Liga title by
just three points last season, while they
reached the Champions League final only
to lose in a penalty shootout to local
rivals Real Madrid.
Oblak made it clear that teams can’t rely
on luck alone to win trophies but agreed
that Diego Simeone’s men perhaps need
fortune to shine their way if they are to
claim a major title in the 2016-17 season.
“In the end, if you’re fighting for the first
place, of course you need a little bit of
luck,” Oblak told Goal .
The 23-year-old Slovenian is convinced
Atleti will be ready to capitalise on any
luck that comes their way this season.
“I’m sure that this season, again, we will
have the possibility to win something,”
Oblak said.
Oblak and the rest of Atleti’s squad
arrived in Melbourne on Thursday ahead
of their International Champions Cup
match against Tottenham on Friday.
After almost a day’s travel from Spain to
Australia, Oblak was understandably tired
but emphasised the importance of the
pre-season tour.
“Every game in pre-season is really
important to try to improve the tactics…
when the season starts, you need to be
100 per cent sure of what you are doing,
and these games are really good for
that,” he said.
Atleti will also play local club Melbourne
Victory on Sunday.