After the heartbreak that Saturday night inflicted upon all Atléticos, one player will be suffering more than most. Juanfran, who hit the post with Atlético’s fourth penalty, has asked for the club to publish his thoughts as he attempts to deal with the pain of another Champions League final defeat at the hands of Real Madrid.
Following the penalty, the Atlético right-back made his way towards the Atlético fans to apologise, but was greeted with a chorus of Atleti fans singing his name, and a standing ovation.
Juanfran famously declared after the match in Lisbon that Atleti would return to the Champions League final.
Here is the Spaniard’s response to the penalty drama that unfolded on Saturday evening.
I have asked the club to send you this letter in order to express my feelings.
I will never forget your demonstration of affection when I came to apologise to the fans at the end of the match. Seeing my tears reflected on the faces of thousands of Rojiblancos who had filled that end of the stadium helped fight back against that tremendous sadness that was destroying me in those hard moments.
The same was the case with the support from my colleagues, technical staff and all those who make up this great family.
I also want to that you all for always believing and demonstrating that being an Atlético fan is something special, something different and that our hearts beat harder than anyone else.
Two years ago I told you that we would return to a final. Now I tell you that Gabi, our captain, will lift the Champions League trophy, sooner or later and we will celebrate it in Neptuno.
I love you all and AÚPA ATLETI!
All is forgiven Juanfran. We love you. We will soon have the opportunity to celebrate together at Neptuno.
Juanfran goes over to apologise to the Atletico Madrid fans. They give him a standing ovation, beautiful moment. pic.twitter.com/oTFyMsGaTV
— From The Stands (@FromTStands) May 28, 2016