Jimenez finding it ‘tough’ at Atleti

Atletico Madrid striker Raul Jimenez admits he is finding it difficult to fill the boots of his predecessors at the Vicente Calderon.

The Mexican international [pictured, right] was signed from America for a reported €11m this summer but has started just three Primera games for Diego Simeone’s team.

The 23-year-old feels, however, that it is only a matter of time before he starts to get amongst the goals.

“It’s not easy trying to match the likes of Diego Forlan, Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao,” he confessed in an interview with As.

“They are all great players who played their role in the team and delivered the goods when they came here.

“Even so, I have to make my own history and do what I came here to do, which is score goals.”

Jimenez says his favourite moment since he arrived in the Spanish capital was when he scored his first goal for the club in a 4-0 win over Sevilla.

“It was a great feeling. I thought of my family and all the people who have supported me to get where I am, and thanks to them I can enjoy what is happening to me.

“It was also great to play at the Santiago Bernabeu as well as the Calderon, besides winning the Supercopa de Espana.

“It was very impressive and something that made me believe my teammates will do what we all want, which is to win and win.

“But I’m learning new things every day and that’s crucial as you always need to take advice from the best to keep growing as a player.

“There are things I need to improve upon and I know that’s not easy because there are a lot of other players who want the same,” he added.

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