Adrian confident that goals will come
Atletico Madrid striker Adrian is confident goals will come when they take on Udinese in Thursday night's Europa League battle for Group I supremacy.
The Spaniards were held to a goalless result at Granada at the weekend and have found the net just once in their last four games in all competitions.
Gregorio Manzano's side are eighth in the Primera Division with nine points from seven games heading into the game at the Stadio Friuli.
Adrian, who joined Atletico from Deportivo La Coruna this summer, told marca.com: "We hope we score against Udinese.
"I don't think the fact that we are playing with a lone striker is the reason why we have struggled in front of goal.
"It's true that we are not scoring but we are creating many opportunities and sooner or later we will be rewarded.
"We have to continue to work hard in order for the ball to go in.
"We cannot forget that not that long ago we scored 10 goals in three games.
"We are calm because we know the goals will come."
Atletico's attack will be put to the test by the best defensive line in Italy.
Udinese have given away just one goal in the domestic competition.
Last weekend's goalless result at Atalanta kept Udinese unbeaten this season and lifted Francesco Guidolin's side level on 12 points with Juventus at the top of Serie A.
Fans at the Friuli can expect a battle between two sides that have shown good form in Europe so far.
Udinese and Atletico have each collected four points from their opening two games.
"Atletico are a top team," Udinese goalkeeper Samir Handanovic said to Gazzetta dello Sport.
"We have to be ready because it's going to be a difficult test for us.
"We are doing well on the domestic front and we hope we can get three points against Atletico to get closer to qualifying for the next round.
"I hope many fans will turn up tomorrow as we will need their support to win this game."
The home side are without injured pair Giovanni Pasquale and Paulo Barreto.
Antonio Floro Flores could lead Udinese's attack against Atletico with captain Antonio Di Natale set to rest in view of Sunday's game against Novara.