Layun Makes History In Atalanta's Serie A Match

Miguel Layun became the first Mexican to play in Italy's Serie A when he appeared for Atalanta on the weekend.
Miguel Layun, who played last season with second division side Veracruz, has become the first Mexican to play in Italy’s Serie A after making his debut in Atalanta’s one-goal draw against Chievo Verona.

“The truth is that the sensation that I have right now is indescribable because I know what my debut represents, what it signifies, having playing those minutes,” Layun told Ovaciones newspaper. “I am very happy to have reached that goal and I remain with the idea of continuing to work hard so that I can have continuity.”

Layun, who did not make the bench in Atalanta’s first two games of the season, had to wait until match week six to finally get a chance to play.

“Antonio Conte called me, he told me that I was going to be subbed in, that I was going to play as midfielder, on the left side, and that I had to leave everything in the field that there were few minutes left in the clock and I had to go all out,” explained Layun who entered the match in the 82nd minute. “And well I am happy for the confidence that Conte had in me despite the complicated situation the club is in and I hope he had a good impression so that I can continue to participate.”

Layun said he did not his nerves to get to him.

“I was anxious to play and when I entered the field I was very concentrated and it was not until the game ended that I felt the joy of what I had just achieved,” continued the former Veracruz winger. “Hopefully with more continuity I can get a call-up from the national team which would be something really wonderful, and a goal that I want to reach, and I hope that can happen as soon as possible,” concluded Layun.

Joel Aceves, Goal.com

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