Adrian excited at Atletico title chance

Adrian has said he is getting more excited over the prospect of winning La Liga with Atletico Madrid as each game goes by.

Atletico are top of the table with five games to play, leading Real Madrid by three points and champions Barcelona by four.

The striker has told Mundo Deportivo that while Atleti always wanted to challenge for the title, it was felt beyond their reach because of the presence of Madrid and Barca.

“The dream was always to compete for the League but we knew it would be complicated after the last few years, given the level of Madrid and Barca,” he said.

“But we great support from all Atleticos, we’re excited and we will keep going.

“I think we’re getting there. With each game we get closer. Now there’s five games left and we’re going first,” Adrian added, with Atletico playing Elche on Friday evening.

“These games will be difficult as everyone has something to play for.

“Nobody thinks it’s an easy game. We know Elche are a team that plays good football.

“We know there are people who will come to Madrid and they will be 200% with the team, as they always are.”

Adrian has mostly been used as a back-up for Diego Costa and David Villa this season but was given a rare start in the Champions League against Barcelona when injury meant Costa missed the game.

“There’s never been a more important game so if I have to play, I don’t need any motivation,” Adrian said when asked about the match.

“The Coach trusted me and for me that was very important. Knowing that you’re playing a semi-final against Barcelona, it’s a game where you have to give everything. You just have to motivate yourself.”

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