Baptistao: Atleti must stay grounded

Leo Baptistao is delighted for his scoring start to Champions League life, but has urged his Atletico Madrid teammates not to lose sight of the bigger picture.

Atleti began their return to the Champions League with a 3-1 win at home to Zenit St Petersburg, with their young Brazilian forward coming off the bench for the final goal with one of his first touches.

“I am thrilled with my goal. I had just come on [as a substitute] and was immediately feeling very happy,” remarked Baptistao to reporters after the game.

“I was really eager to help the team. We have to keep our feet on the ground.

“We are doing phenomenally well but we must remain calm and go step by step in order for things do continue like this.  

“I am going to continue to work hard. When I arrived here I knew it was going to be difficult because of the competition that exists at the club – Diego Costa is doing really well while you also have Adrian [Lopez], Raul Garcia, David Villa – they’re all great.

“It's fantastic for the team that the offensive players are in good form. In any given moment any one of us might need to help out.

“This being the Champions League, you cannot afford to rest easy even for a second. We had the game in our hands tonight but Zenit then began to steal possession and pressurise us and they pulled the game back to 1-1.

“We regained the control later on and you have to congratulate the team for that. We are not thinking about anyone else, only in ourselves.

“We must now forget the Champions League for a time in order to concentrate on La Liga.”

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