Now that the muscle injury that slowed him down in the last six days of the last League has been overcome, Memphis Depay’s reunion with the competition with Atlético de Madrid reaffirmed his determining figure, with a great goal with which he broke Monday’s match against Granada , but with which he is not satisfied, risen on a streak of four goals in his last five duels within the championship.
“I want to continue like this. I really want and hunger to help the team. I want to show that the level we expect at Atlético de Madrid is high. Of course I can improve. The team can improve. But I’m happy with the first game and with my goal,” he assessed in statements to the club’s media, published this Tuesday, after demonstrating all his punch on the opposing goal.
«The fans were singing throughout the game. And that is what we need. So we can compete for the titles and of course we have to do our part to satisfy the fans and make them happy. I think we have made them happy this Monday to a great extent. We will continue to try to make them proud,” he added.
“Memhpis scored a great goal, which gives you peace of mind in the game for everything that was ahead,” said Diego Simeone, his coach, at the end of the duel, in which he brought on the striker to replace Morata on the brink of the time for the confrontation against the Andalusian team.
In the 67th minute, five after Granada’s draw, more than 25 meters from the opposing goal defended by André Ferreira, in one of those areas that are not yet considered a real danger, he received the pass from Yannick Carrasco, controlled with the right and armed his tremendous shot, a kick with the right that entered, withering, in the squad for 2-1.
His numbers are eloquent. Since his arrival at Atlético, transferred last winter market from Barcelona to sign a contract until 2025, he has played ten games with Diego Simeone’s block, three as a starter, with five goals. He averages one point every 63 minutes. Or one every 3.4 pitches. Or one every 1.8 if his shot goes to the goal.
He has scored four goals in his last five league games, between last season and the current one. To the one he scored against Granada he added the goal he scored against Valladolid (2-5), which was his last game last year because he just fell injured, and the two he scored against Sevilla 6-1, another of them with a impressive blow to the squad, closer than the one achieved against Granada. His other goal corresponds to the 0-1 victory in Balaídos against Celta, previously.
The must, until now, is in its continuity. Two different muscle injuries, unrelated to each other, as reported by the rojiblanco club at the time, kept him from eleven of the 22 games he has been able to play so far with Atlético, 50 percent, the penultimate of the times -the past March 18 against Valencia- when he was already beginning his consolidation in ownership.
He is called to get it again, although on the first day he lost the pulse for the place in the starting eleven with Álvaro Morata, in the frenetic competition that is expected to be Antoine Griezmann’s partner in attack within Simeone’s eleven type . Good internal competition is visible, always highlighted as key by the coach, from which the rojiblanco team will benefit. The Spaniard also scored against Granada, on the brink of rest, with the 1-0.
«It is clear that the areas are the ones that rule and we have footballers who can do it well. Álvaro scored a goal and had another disallowed; Memphgis scored a great goal and had the chance to score another; Correa entered well; Griezmann did not have a great game, but we need him in the best way and that creates competition,” he explained.