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Lopez wants to end on a high

Atletico Madrid captain Antonio Lopez insists his side are ready to complete this season's transformation by winning the Europa League.

Atletico face Fulham at the Hamburg Arena tonight in the first of two cup finals with Spain's domestic showpiece to come.

It is a remarkable turnaround after they made a poor start to the season that will see them finish mid-table in La Liga.

"We have always been a very united team. A few months ago we had some difficulties and the results were not the best," Lopez said. "But we went through the stages progressively and here we are in the final.

"It's because we were united that we were able to make it this far. We owe it to our fans.

"I have tried to imagine what it would be like lifting the cup.

"As captain I bear a lot of responsibility but it's not just the captain lifting the cup, it's the whole team and all the families, that have helped us."