Samuel Lino talks about Valencia loan, Atletico Madrid return, Gattuso, Simeone and Barcelona clash
As Samuel Lino joined Atletico Madrid in the summer, there was a lot of excitement surrounding his arrival. But soon after his arrival, the young striker was loaned out to fellow La Liga club Valencia.
having joined Los Chethe Brazilian winger emerged as something of a revelation at the start of the 2022/23 campaign.
The 22-year-old spoke about his start to life at the Mestalla and whether he aims to break into the athlete first team soon in an interview with MARK.
To be an undisputed starter in Valencia“I always appreciate the coach’s confidence in my work. I don’t have much to say, I’m very happy and I want to continue playing all the matches. I hope the coach will give me continuity.
On Gennaro Gattuso and Diego Simeone: “The coach is not too much to praise the players because he wants you to keep working. It talks about how we play and do things in games. He always talks and motivates us to improve, that helped me a lot. With Simeone, I said goodbye to him and each of us went our own way.
Whether he would be happy to stay on loan at Valencia or return to Atletico Madrid: “It’s a very difficult question because they are two big clubs. I am focused on the present, here in Valencia. I have a contract with Atlético but my heart only thinks of Valencia, playing. At Atlético we will think about it later, I want to be focused and have a good season.”
On whether he would like to continue playing for Valencia next season: “I want to play at Valencia until the end of the season, nobody told me about it because the season has started recently. Now I’m thinking about Valencia, we’ll talk about the future later.
On his instant adaptation to Spanish football: “La Liga is a bit different. There’s a lot of intensity here, you have to be quicker and think better, it’s intense and higher quality football. Portugal have very good football which prepares you for big matches. “other leagues in Europe. This change was very good. And it helped me a lot.”
Be part of a young locker room“Our dressing room is very good, we have a lot of friendship, we are united in good times and bad. It’s football, we can beat Barca and leave it all behind. We have a strong mentality.”
Achieve team goals before thinking about European football “In the locker room, we talk about the same thing as the coach, the objective is to get 40 points and then we talk about Europe and other things. We need to get 40 points as fast as possible and then we’ll see what we do.
On scoring goals“I hope to score as much as last year, now I haven’t scored many but I have a very strong mentality to have a great season. When I’m done I hope to have 14 goals or more, I’m not thinking of a goal but to score in every game.
On Valencia’s game against Sevilla in the second half“In the second half, we let go a bit. The coach talks with us to improve, have a strong mentality, we have to play well in the 90 games. We are going to play a great match against Barça.
May Barcelona be in good shape before the next league clash: “It’s a delicate moment, there are two draws and a defeat, but we will go out to win. They are one of the best teams in the world, but we also have very good players here. It will be a great game; we will fight and when the game is over we will know.