Kevin Kampl admits he's elated after scoring for Bayer 04 Leverkusen upon his return from a two-month injury lay-off.
The midfielder, who has developed into one of the most sought after prospects in Europe this season, scored after just 32 seconds as Leverkusen beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 at the BayArena.
Kampl revealed that he only trained twice with the first-team after returning from injury, and is thankful towards Roger Schmidt for putting so much faith in him.
"I wasn't sure if I'd even be in the squad until yesterday. There's always a bit of risk after a fibula break. The bones need a certain amount of time to heal. I'm proud and happy that the coach named me in the squad and gave me the chance," he said after the game.
"I've only done two half training sessions: one shooting practice and one pre-match session. I had to see if my leg could manage it. It was a little thank you to the coach for the faith he'd shown me and I was able to pay him back," the Slovenia international added
"We all really want to play in the Champions League, but we know we've got three massive games coming up against Schalke, Hertha and Mönchengladbach. They're all chasing Champions League football."
The former Borussia Dortmund man also went on to discuss the progress they have made after a long period of poor form, while citing the return of key players as vital to their chances of securing Champions League qualification.
"I hope Ömer Toprak and Lars Bender can come back this week. We can go into our upcoming games full of confidence, but we know it'll be really difficult," he added.
"You can see we're more confident on the ball and combining better. We're calmer in possession. When we've got a full squad, every player on the pitch has competition. That spurs every player on."