Real Madrid's Baptista: I never gave up

Julio Baptista is feeling his best at Real Madrid since the arrival of coach Bernd Schuster.

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The Brazil international was again outstanding in Real's Champions League victory over Lazio and appears have nailed down a starting place in Schuster's first team.

"I have never doubted my ability. I know that to succeed I must suffer and work hard. I do not know another formula other than to work and work. I have suffered in silence all the time that I have not played. But I never surrendered. I have never protested," said Baptista. "I know I have overcome a bad period."
He added: "Now I am taking my chance. I have won the trust of Schuster and now I need to work hard so this continues."

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