Atlético Mineiro captain Rever finds FIFA Club World Cup exit “sickening” but is “still proud”
Captain Rever struggled to hide his disappointment after Atlético Mineiro's shock exit from the FIFA Club World Cup.
Cuca’s side were beaten 3-1 by hosts Raja Casablanca in the semi-finals on Wednesday.
Atlético will now face Guangzhou Evergrande in the third place match, with Raja meeting Bayern Munich in the final.
Rever admits he was left deflated by Atlético’s surprise defeat, but refuses to let it tarnish a memorable year.
“It’s sickening, unacceptable, especially as we started as one of the tournament favourites and got knocked out that way,” he told FIFA.com. “The saving grace is that we’re an experienced team, with players who have seen and done it all before, like Ronaldinho and Gilberto [Silva]. Nobody in particular is to blame for this exit.”
“I’m still extremely proud to be in Atlético’s history books. Today sadness has taken over from the happiness when we arrived in Marrakech, but you can’t win them all.
“We had our hearts set on making the final, who knows if we’d have won it or not, but we wanted the chance to try and win the trophy.”