Gameiro ‘still adapting to Atleti’

Kevin Gameiro admits “I still need to adapt to my new teammates” at Atletico Madrid but is confident of being ready for next week’s La Liga kick-off.

Atleti bounced back from their penalties defeat to Cadiz by defeating Nigeria All-Stars 2-1 in Saturday’s Carranza Trophy finale, Diego Godin’s last-gasp header proving the difference, but it marked a second match that Gameiro failed to score in.

“I ran well, although I still need to adapt to my new teammates,” the former Sevilla striker told AS.

“We have to prepare well for the start of the League. I’ve not yet recovered from all of the physical problems I had [when I arrived].

“It was my first [full] game, and the most important thing is that I adjust this [coming] week to get prepared for [next] Sunday.

“[The first goal] hasn’t yet arrived but it’s no problem, I’ll have many opportunities to do so during the season. The important thing is to score in the League and other competitive matches.

“It’s a big family [at Atleti], everyone talks to me a lot and I’m very happy because there’s a great mentality here. We’ll achieve something important this year. We have a large group.

“[On Godin’s celebration for the winning goal], I know the atmosphere of the Carranza [Trophy], and it’s not a nothing tournament. The important thing was to win the game and we did.

“Everything is possible [between Sevilla and Barcelona in the Supercopa, but I hope Sevilla get a good result.”

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