Asenjo: Atletico Madrid Were Better Than Panathinaikos In Both Legs

The goalkeeper says he is satisfied to have kept a clean sheet in the return clash...
Sergio Asenjo was happy as he reflected on Atletico Madrid's progression to the group stages of the UEFA Champions League and said his side deserved to go through.

Atleti secured their spot with a 5-2 aggregate win over Greek side Panathinaikos. It finished 2-0 on the night thanks to an early own goal from Loukas Vyntras and a late Sergio Aguero strike, and the 20-year-old goalkeeper said he was pleased to keep a clean sheet.

"I was happy not to concede and thought we were better in both games," said Asenjo.

The youngster is set to make his Champions League group stage bow this season after signing from Valladolid during the summer, and he could not hide his delight at playing European football for the Rojiblancos.

"I'd like to thank the fans for their treatment. To play for a club like Atleti at 20 years old makes me very proud," Asenjo said.

The Spain Under-21 'keeper also said he has no preference for which teams Los Colchoneros will meet in the group stages, but confessed that he looks forward to playing clubs of "great stature".

Paul Madden,