Raul Jimenez has reflected on the applause he received from fans in Atletico Madrid’s game against Getafe and admits he was happy to hear it.
The Mexican international striker, signed from Club America for a reported €10m before the start of this season, has made just 16 La Liga appearances for Los Colchoneros, starting just four, and has had his doubters among the Atleti faithful.
Having scored just one goal after coming on as a substitute in a 4-0 victory over Sevilla at the end of September, he concedes his introduction to Spanish football has been an eye-opener.
“It’s good that the supporters acknowledged my contribution against Getafe and to have the support of the whole stadium was very nice and it made me happy,” the 23-year-old told reporters after his country’s 1-0 friendly win over Paraguay in the United States.
“People in Mexico don’t see it and they say that football is football, but it does change. The game in Spain is faster and more intense, particularly playing the style of football Diego Simeone wants.
“I struggled at first but now I think I’ve adapted to what he requires and what he asks of me, so I hope to get more opportunities. It’s hard but I’ve always had a lot of patience and very clear ideas.
“I know if I stay free from injury and continue training hard my chance will come. I have to grab it,” conceded Jimenez.