Inter midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan feels that he does not have to play all the time to make a contribution, and that the only thing that matters is that he helps the team achieve their collective goals.

Speaking to Italian broadcaster SportMediaset following his team’s 2-0 Champions League group stage win over Viktoria Plzen yesterday evening, the Armenian gave his reaction to the match and also spoke about the way he wants to help the team.

Mkhitaryan has been a regular in Inter’s team, both from the start and from the bench, since coming back from a muscle injury that ruled him out of a few matches at the start of the season.

The 33-year-old was signed from Roma during the summer transfer window as the Nerazzurri were aware that they would need legs and quality in midfield beyond just the starting trio to cope with the packed fixture list this season, and so far he has looked up to the task of providing this.

“Winning was our goal,” he said after yesterday’s match, “now Udinese awaits us, a team who are even stronger than last season. It will be a battle, we know what we have to do to keep going on this path.”

“I want to play but I’m here to help the team,” the 33-year-old added. “If I play I want to play well, if I don’t start I hope to come in and help. We have to be united and all fight for the same goal, this is the only thing that matters, no matter how much I play.”