Maniche is feeling better about life at Atletico Madrid.

The Portugal international, who coach Javier Aguirre wanted to bomb out last season, has started this term in excellent form, forming an impressive midfield partnership with Raul Garcia.

"I am attempting to play well and to help my teammates to play good football," said Maniche. "Personally, I feel good, more trusted and I am pleased with what I am doing for the team."