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Atletico Madrid coach Quique Flores calls for bold approach against Fulham

Atletico Madrid coach Quique Flores has insisted that his side will approach the Europa League final against Fulham with the same intensity and enthusiasm that has seen them reach the Hamburg showpiece.

Flores is aware of the significance of the final for Los Colchoneros, who have not won a top flight trophy since 1996 with their only European success coming 34 years earlier.

"We feel the responsibility to make things right. We have become aware of how important this final is in the history of this club and we're not going to change anything in what we are doing in this competition. We will try to play with intensity and enthusiasm. This game gives meaning to everything we have done so far,' he told reporters.

The coach also dismissed talk of being favourites going into Wednesday night's game at the HSH Nordbank Arena, stating that his side are only concerned with giving a good performance.

"We do not feel like favourites. We are only concerned about having a good game. The players are pumped up and what motivates us is trying reach the hearts of everyone. Fulham are a good team and if they are in this final, that is something. They can play the ball and they know how they want to play.

"Their coach [Roy Hodgson] has had a very impressive career path and they won't want to let us play," he remarked before noting that he wants his side to express themselves in the game and not feel any pressure.

"We're approaching it [the final] normally. Finals are not for pressure, they are to be played with great boldness."

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