AtléticoFans writer Ricardo Menéndez, on behalf of our affiliated This is Atleti podcast, spoke to Atlético defender Toby Alderweireld following our thumping win against Getafe on Saturday.
“I’m very happy for the team, we played very well,” said Alderweireld, who finally made his Calderón debut.
“I think the red card helped us, but we were very good, and the team had a great performance.”
Toby has been with the club for 84 days, with Saturday marking his fourth game with the red and whites. He has participated in two wins, one draw and one loss at Atleti.
“It takes time to get used to the players, to the team, but I think that I can be happy,” he said.
“I’m playing more and more, and when I get the minutes, I do my best to show my worth.”
Many would perhaps question his move to Atlético, given that he has not been handed very much playing time. But, the 24-year-old has shown no sign of discontent.
“We have a great team, we work hard and we get good results,” he said.
“I’m happy to be here.”
Alderweireld’s teammate and countryman Thibaut Courtois has a tough decision to make next summer. On whether or not Courtois will stay at Atleti or finally join Chelsea, Toby said: “You have to ask him. I think he’s happy here, that’s all I can say. He has to make a choice, and that’s up to him.”
Atlético are traveling to St. Petersburg to face off against Zenit on Tuesday, in a match where their Russian hosts desperately need the three points.
“It’s going to be difficult, because they have to win,” said Alderweireld.
“We have a long trip ahead of us, but we can show our worth, and we will do that.”
After 14 league matches, Atleti have amassed 37 points, have scored 38 goals and have only conceded 9.
Asked if Atlético can truly challenge for La Liga, Alderweireld responded: “We’ll see. Match-by-match. That’s our strength and that’s Cholo’s way.”