Atlético winger Simão Sabrosa’s impressive start to the 2010-11 campaign has not gone unnoticed. Just shy of turning 31, the former Portuguese international looks to have tapped into the fountain of youth, turning in another fine effort in Saturday’s victory over Getafe.
“Those three points were extremely important. We knew that the match against Getafe would be difficult, but the team played well,” Simão told AS.
“With this victory we remain in the top positions of the table, which is what we were after following our very tough schedule to begin the campaign.”
Ahead of the “mini-derby” against Getafe, los Rojiblancos united under the cause of Arteche, conjuring up the spirit of the Atleti legend for added motivation following his tragic passing last Wednesday after a long-fought battle against cancer.
“We knew what Arteche meant to Atlético Madrid, and the best way to pay him tribute was to dedicate this victory to him. Above all, we won it for him,” said Simão.
Sabrosa’s free kick in the 38th minute following a reckless foul by Miguel Torres broke the deadlock against los Azulones, giving us the 1-0 lead; a lead that we would not relinquish.
“It was an important goal because it opened up the path that led us to the three points against Getafe,” he said.
“When I saw the ball hit off the post I thought it would go right in, but it hit the post and then went off of the goalie.”
The clock is ticking on our set-piece specialist as his current deal is set to expire in June 2011, causing skeptics to attribute Simão’s renaissance to a desire to prove his worth in order to get an extension; something he denies.
“I don’t play good games just so that I can be renewed or to redeem myself to anyone. I’ve spent three years at Atlético and have won two titles wearing this shirt.
“I’m very happy here and I don’t enter the pitch thinking about playing well to get an extension, rather, I play well because of my commitment to the club and to my team-mates.
“I’m very relaxed because I am in good form and because we got the three points in a difficult game against a strong opponent like Getafe.”
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