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The hosts then doubled their lead on 83 minutes when captain Diego Godin showed his attacking prowess with a delightful finish from a tight angle.

Juventus will bid to overturn a two-goal deficit in the return leg in Turin on March 12.

"Cristiano has woken up a lot of Juventus players", he said when asked about his club-record switch between his two former clubs, as per Marca.

It was his allegiances with the European champions that upset a number of Atleti supporters, while others were frustrated that a deal for Morata was pursued instead of giving youngsters such as Borja Garces the chance to impress in the first team.

Atletico came out firing in the second half and they were unlucky not to have gone ahead after 53 minutes when Antoine Griezmann's lob was tipped onto the crossbar by Szczesny.

But Simeone's side emerged stronger after the interval and were rewarded for their perseverance when Gimenez and fellow defender Godin converted from close range in the 78th and 83rd minutes.

"There are many things that can be won in football, but what will always remain are the memories of playing in a competitive team and that is the most healthy and lovely thing that can happen to an athlete".

'It's the best thing that can happen to a sportsman - being in a group that knows how to compete and fight like brothers. We took the game to where we wanted it to be.

'We had to make the most of every situation we could get.

The teams will face off Wednesday at Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League series.

There were chants to that effect heard in the home LaLiga match against Getafe just prior to Morata's arrival, but the player says he has been made to feel welcome by the club.

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