£11m international Jimenez on pressure of £75m Chelsea and Manchester United pair Costa and Falcao

Following in the footsteps of Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao is no easy task.

Atletico Madrid have had a lot of luck over the years with replacing departed stars.

Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero and Radamel Falcao have all been sold after sensational seasons, only for the club to unearth or buy a new goalscorer.

Diego Costa was sold to Chelsea this summer for £32 million, although so far replacing him has not been easy.

Mario Mandzukic was bought from Bayern, but his three goals in seven games this season has not set La Liga alight so far; centre-back Miranda has the same amount.

Another striker bought was Mexican forward Raul Jimenez, for £11 million from Club America. He has only one goal in the Spanish top flight this season, and admits it is not easy.

He told AS: "It's not easy trying to match the likes of Diego Forlan, Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao.

"They are all great players who played their role in the team and delivered the goods when they came here.

"Even so, I have to make my own history and do what I came here to do - which is score goals.

"I'm learning new things every day and that's crucial as you always need to take advice from the best to keep growing as a player."

For a 23-year-old playing in Europe for the first time it was never going to be simple trying to fill such esteemed shoes, but Jackson Martinez did so with accomplishment at Porto having also signed from the Mexican league.

Atletico also spent money on wingers Alessio Cerci and Antoine Griezmann, neither who have hit top form, and when they do the job for the strikers will become easier. Diego Simeone has a big job on his hands to emulate last season's title success, but they remain at this stage only two points off the top of the table.

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