Filipe Luis admits it was not easy getting over the loss to Real Madrid in the 2014 Champions League final. The Brazilian left-back departed for Chelsea that summer but says the experience haunted him given how close Atletico came to winning the game.
In an in-depth interview with Globo Esporte, translated by Fellipe Miranda, Luis reveals the extent of the the dreams he had after the final,
"It's complicated. I spent several days thinking about the finals, and couldn't fall asleep. I dreamt many times that the game was canceled, that overtime didn't count, I had many of those dreams (laughing). Because you see the trophy so close, shining in front of you, and suddenly they take that dream away from you.
But that's the beauty of football. You think you already have your hands on the title, but it's far away. One minute is a lot. Some will take this minute and make history. May this serve as a lesson for us in these finals. We have to take care of the game until the last second, having in mind that Real Madrid are the club with the most Champions League titles in the world, they have 10 of those."
Since returning to Atletico last summer, Filipe Luis has regained his form and has been one of Diego Simeone's most impressive performers over the course of the season. He will be aiming to right the wrong of Lisbon 2014 and hopefully he won't have any nightmares after Saturday's game.