Raul: "You have to expect in the next few years that Atletico will win that European Cup."

Atletico Madrid aren't far away from securing the Champions League after getting to the final twice in three years, according to Los Blancos great Raul Gonzalez.

Diego Simeone's side suffered two painful defeats at the hands of their city rivals Real Madrid in the finals of Europe's elite competition, with the recent in a penalty shootout at Milan last month - two years after their extra-time loss against same opponents in Lisbon.

However, Raul reckons Atletico will soon win their Champions League trophy.

"You have to expect in the next few years that Atletico will win that European Cup," the 38-year-old said, as FourFourTwo reported.

"With the work they are doing at the moment, for sure that prize will come very soon."

Raul hailed Zinedine Zidane, who guided the club to a record 11th European title (Undecima) after taking over the reigns back in January.

"I'm happy for Zidane since he decided to take the route of coaching the Real Madrid youth team and after this year congratulations must be given because the results couldn't have been better," Raul, who made over 700 appearances for Madrid between 1994 and 2010, added.

"We are all happy because the Champions League is the most important trophy, although that must not detract from the league."


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