Colombian forward Jackson Martinez is not happy with his inability to find the back of the net as regularly as he would’ve liked since joining Atletico Madrid from FC Porto.
Martinez again failed to score at the Vicente Calderon as Diego Simeone’s men lost surprisingly to Benfica in the UEFA Champions League matchday 2.
“It wasn’t easy. We had the chance to score more than one goal in the first half but we failed. That allowed them to equalise,” he said, AS reports.
“The drought is frustrating because I feel the support of the fans, teammates and coaches and want to give my best to make things right and nothing.
“Things aren’t as I would like but I will continue working for the next match, the derby. I can do better.
“Now we think about Real Madrid, correct what wasn’t done right and increase the positive things.”
Speaking ahead of the Madrid derby, Atletico captain Gabi believes that the Los Colchoneros will be prepared and hoped forward Martinez finds his range.
“We’ll try to win on Sunday, we’re ready, we’re going to the game to win, as usual,” Gabi said, AS reports.
“The team did everything to win [against Benfica], especially in the first half with a lot of chances. But if you don’t finish off a team the stature of Benfica, you pay.
“In truth it’s a difficult situation for us but we didn’t do as badly [against Benfica] as against Villarreal.
“Nico Gaitan got lucky with two plays. We were overturned in attack, at corners, and we paid for it with two counter-attacks. We have to keep going and this is how we do better.
“4-3-3 leaves us a little more vulnerable in defence but a little freer in attack. The system has to adjust.