The day after Valencia secured an important 3-1 victory against city rivals Levante in La Liga, speaking with the official Valencia CF website, striker Alvaro Negredo underlined how important it was for him personally, to have featured amongst the scorers on Monday night.
"I was really keen to get back to scoring a goal. I've been working hard to add something, to make a contribution to the team throughout the whole season, but for a striker, what matters most is scoring goals."
His 93rd minute strike was an absolute peach of a goal, and whilst he maintained a stern posture himself, his team-mates joyfully celebrated around and with the 29-year-old, highlighting how important they regard him, particularly as an experienced leader. One they very much look up to.
"Everyone told me they were really delighted for me, and that says a lot about our squad, that we're all pulling in the same direction, whilst it's also important for everyone to be switched on." He explained.
Reflectively and despite the continued support of his Valencia colleagues, Negredo pointed out: "Many times I've contributed a lot of good things for the team, to our play, but what makes a striker happiest of all, is scoring goals."
Unfortunately for Negredo, he was carrying an injury when he joined Valencia from Manchester City. Recovering from that has been problematic, whilst there have also been additional niggles, throughout the course of the campaign.
The goal against Levante was his fourth of the season in La Liga. Less than Negredo was hoping for, as he admitted: "When it's proving difficult to get them, it's like you have something pending with yourself. Hopefully it won't end there for me with that goal, and during this last stretch of the season, I can add some more for the team."
Currently in fourth spot in La Liga, the aim of securing a place in the Champions League next season, remains very much the primary objective for Valencia. They have an extremely tough test of their credentials this weekend in La Liga, in what promises to be a thrilling battle for important points against Barcelona.
Negredo concluded: "We know it's going to be a difficult game, given the form Barcelona are in and because of their aims, but we'll be trying to take a positive result from the Camp Nou."