Gabi: "The Atletico Madrid base is solid"

 Diego Simeone, Coach of Club Atletico de Madrid speaks to Referee Bjorn Kuipers during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 24, 2014
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Atletico Madrid skipper Gabi is confident that the club will thrive this season despite the loss of key players.

Atletico Madrid skipper Gabi has insisted that the club will continue to thrive despite the loss of key players this summer.

The likes of Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Thibaut Courtois have all moved on from the capital, but reinforcements in the shape of Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic have been acquired.

"It's hard to say if we're better or worse. Important players are gone from the team, who gave everything, but we've also signed important international and European players who come from teams at a great level," he told AS.

"The Atletico base is solid. We have a very safe idea to play as we do. The team is calm, confident and we have to see if we are worse or better than last year."

Atletico face Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Tuesday.

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