21 April 2011
Alberto Navarro (Valencia) / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell
Director General Jorge Valdano, Sports Director Miguel Pardeza and Director of Institutional Relations Emilio Butragueños analysed Real Madrid's victory over Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.
"We hope this is the first title in Real Madrid's great recovery. All Madridismo should be congratulated. The team and the coaching staff have done an excellent job. Tonight's victory was an heroic accomplishment because our opponent subjected us to constant pressure."
"These clashes with Barcelona are very important because both teams measure their strengths against each other. We have a young sqaud and it had been a long time since the team's last final. We showcased personality tonight and the victory will do us a lot of good in the future."
"We are very happy about winning this title. The team deserved it and it even had chances to earn a more favourable score in the first half. We must now enjoy ourselves. Madridismo should come together in celebration."
"We were anxious to win this title. We should have had a two-goal lead by half-time given our excellent performance in the first part. Barcelona were brilliant in the last 45 minutes. You have to realise it is technically very difficult to stop them. Extra time was intense and Cristiano's goal made us very happy. The match didn't let anyone down and it will be hard to forget."
"Our next games against Barcelona will be as tremendous as tonight's was. Barça are an extraordinary side and we will have to make great efforts to reach the final in London. Tonight's final was a true clash of titans. Let's hope we are inspired in our next couple of games and that we manage to thrill fans again."