Argentina International Ezequiel Garay made his sentiments for his fans known on Twitter and was on the end of some well deserved praise from coach Alejandro Sabella after playing the whole ninety minutes for his country against Switzerland.
The Benfica defender was amongst those called to represent the Sky Blue by Alejandro Sabella for the friendly against the Schweizer Nati
While the game was dominated by the magic of a certain Lionel Messi, Garay was also integral to securing a victory for his country after impressing throughout.
Although a lapse of concentration from the 25-year-old gave the ball away to the Swiss for their goal, generally the centre-back commanded his penalty box well despite his obvious lack of International experience.
Following his side’s win, the former Real Madrid man took to the social networking side Twitter in order to convey his thanks to the fans, who had supported him and the team during the match.
"Thank you for all the messages,” he said.
With his display for the Albiceleste full of maturity and confidence, it is likely that he will become a mainstay in the backline, especially as the likes of Martin Demichelis are edging closer to the ends of their careers.
He and Federico Fernandez were generally solid and were praised by manager Sabella after the conclusion of proceedings in Bern.
Speaking to reporters, the tactician revealed that the Benfica man had been superb in his outing for the team and also reflected on the performances of Manchester City’s Pablo Zabaleta, Napoli’s Fernandez and Hugo Armando Campagnaro.
"We wanted to give solidity to the defensive line and we accomplished this. Garay was excellent. Zabaleta made a serious start. Federico Fernandez is not playing in Naples but was very good alongside Campagnaro, who is strong physically and mentally. They
gave a lot of strength to the team defensively,” the trainer was quoted as saying.
Ezequiel Garay will now be looking to maintain his good run of form with his club, who are facing perhaps the sternest test of their title credentials this Friday.
The Lisbon giants take on FC Porto at Estadio da Luz, in a game which is not only going be for bragging rights but is also likely to determine the winner of the Primeira Liga.