Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez feels they silenced their critics with a top four finish.

Atletico are now getting ready for the Champions League quarter-finals.

“We achieved our league objective, which we’d planned at the start of the season, after lots of people didn’t believe in us,” Gimenez said.

“We’ve got a great group and we’re very happy at having achieved it.

“The team showed that we’re all here to compete, that we’re doing well and that competing between ourselves is making us grow as a team.

“I’m sure it’s helping us achieve what we want to in games.

“Everyone has the same idea.”