Raúl Jiménez relieved after debut and rapid adaptation
The striker, who found the net on his debut in last night’s Trofeo Carranza, explained that cramp forced him to retire on 80 minutes.
There were two reasons for Atlético de Madrid’s Mexican striker Raúl Jiménez to celebrate last night’s meeting with Sampdoria: he made his full debut with the Rojiblancos and scored the winner to enable Diego Simeone’s side to lift the Trofeo Ramón de Carranza – the club’s ninth trophy.
“I’m happy to have made my debut with the team and I hope to continue performing well in the games to come,” the player said after the game. “I’ve adapted quickly to the team. The team functioned well and that is what I have to do – fit in and adapt quickly so that I can return to the form I showed whilst I was playing in Mexico”.
The striker didn’t manage to complete the full 90 minutes – he retired on 80 minutes, as he explained, “I was suffering from cramp in my left calf muscle, it was partly down to the long journey I made last week and arriving with just a few days to train. But I’m happy to have won the Carranza trophy”.
As for this week’s Spanish Supercup first leg against Real Madrid, Jiménez said, “Now we have to change our mindset and focus on the Supercup. From tomorrow’s training session, we will be concentrating solely on winning the Supercup”.