The two Madrid giants meet tonight in the Copa del Rey semis.
"We all know that football has a great ability to seduce us and to generate excitement. Furthermore, both Atlético Madrid and ourselves know that football exists to bring people together, not to separate them," said Perez.
"This is another semi-final between the two teams from Madrid. We will have a very difficult opponent, because Atlético are having a great season. We are playing a club who are our friends, even though we have a great rivalry. Tomorrow, Madrid will be the winner, because tomorrow is a special day for football, and furthermore it is in the city of Madrid, which deserves it because of everything it has done and everything it has done in the world of sport and the world of football."
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