Atletico Madrid recruit Sime Vrsaljko says he is settled at his new club after wearing the jersey for the second time in their 1-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur in Melbourne on Friday night.
A 2-0 pre-season friendly win against Spanish second division side Numancia saw him make his debut last week before stepping onto the iconic MCG in the International Champions Cup.
The Croatian played his last two years in Italy for Genoa and Sassuolo before making the career defining move to the Spanish capital.
After getting a run out against stronger opposition being just 10 days with the club, Vrsaljko spoke of how comfortable he was with his new team.
“I’ve settled very well, we have a god team and a lot of good guys. We’ve worked very well in the 10 days we’ve had with our coaches and we are ready for a new season,” Vrsaljko said.
“We were a bit tired, but it’s normal after 24 hours in the aeroplane and we played very well together and we won this match and that was important.
“With Atletico I can only be better, this is the new thing in my career and I look positive.”
Midfielder Thomas Partey was also a player who relished the opportunity to test himself against Tottenham so early in the pre-season.
The Ghanaian featured in just 13 matches for Atletico last season and spoke of the involvement he wanted to have once La Liga kicks off in late August.
The 23-year-old got stuck in straight away after sending Kieran Trippier off the ground momentarily and conceded it was an indication of how seriously they were taking these exhibition games.
“We had a good game, we tried to do our work as always,” Partey said.
“We know they’re going to have the possession of the ball, we tried to press as hard as we could and again we came away with the victory.
“We know it’s not a cheap game, Tottenham is a big club and we know it would be difficult to get the win.
“For the season ahead it’s been tough as always at the club like Atletico Madrid. It’s not always easy to have a cheap year, so we know we’re going to we have to be more prepared to have a good season.”