Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao claims he can overcome Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and top La Liga’s goalscoring charts in the coming season.
Falcao scored 26 fewer goals than Lionel Messi in La Liga last season, but believes he can topple him in 2012-13
Falcao’s return of 24 goals in 33 La Liga appearances last season was impressice, however he still finished well behind Barcelona’s Messi (50) and Real Madrid’s Ronaldo (46) in Spain’sPichichi race.
However, the Colombian hitman said that the challenge of outscoring the world’s two best players in 2012-13 does not faze him in the slightest.
“Their number of goals is not impossible for me,” Falcao said. “What I want is to celebrate a good season with the fans. And with my goals and those of the rest of the team I know they will be happy. ‘Pichichi’? Why not? With faith everything is possible.”
Falcao,who signed 12 months ago for €40 million from Portuguese side Porto, predicted he and his team will enjoy a successful campaign.
“I am very excited about the new season,” he said. “The team is more stable and we know each other better. In my case I am more adapted to La Liga. On a personal and collective level we are able to improve on what we did last year.”
Atletico begin the new campaign with a trip to Levante on Monday evening.
“We are arriving well, just at the right level,” Falcao said. “We have done a good pre-season with good physical preparation. First up is the game against Levante, if we win there and go through the rest of the season game by game, we can reach the targets we have set ourselves.”
Last season’s Europa League winners Atletico also have a UEFA Super Cup date with Champions League victors Chelsea to look forward to on August 31st in Monaco.
“The Super Cup grabs everyone’s attention,” said Falcao, whose move to Atletico meant he did not represent Porto in last year’s game against Barcelona. “It is a tournament, and a trophy, which brings a lot of prestige.”
It’s never easy to prepare a game in three days. But it made good copy, there were good things, even if we would have preferred to win this game to really get started. In terms of mindset, it was very good, and at the quality of the game provided, it was interesting. While we would have preferred to be a little more forceful in the last 35 meters and have a spark to open the scoring.
Was it of disappointment in the dressing room?
We would have preferred to win, for sure. But this is a great team in front, they are fourth in the FIFA rankings, it’s not just anyone. We know that this is a very defensive team, which has the winning culture and defense. They showed it tonight. There was very little space and was not able to find the solution to score, even if we had some opportunities. Their goalie has done the right thing.
The results of this gathering is it good?
The result was very good. The three days went well. It was concluded that mini-stage with a good game and now we will continue to advance our preparations in our respective championships to be really ready for qualifying matches for the World Cup in September (in Finland and facing the Belarus, 7 and September 11, ed.)
Do you understand the whistles of the public at the end of the match?
The supporters were present from the beginning to the end and whistles came to show dissatisfaction with the outcome. One can understand the impatience around the France team but we can not help it. In terms of mindset and the game was done the right thing. We will try to continue on that path to fulfill our goals of World Cup qualification.
What differences have you noted between the management of Didier Deschamps and Laurent Blanc that?
We will not go into a game of comparisons but they are of the same generation. The coach has a record that speaks for itself, both as player and as coach. This is a very important and the players are listening. We all want to follow the path of success. We count on him and he is counting on us.