News and opinions
18 September 2012
Alvaro Arbeloa started at right back in the victory against Manchester City. The defender highlighted the team's attitude throughout the match: "This is the image we all want to give. It was a great match, difficult, hard fought but we had the quality that we have lacked on other days. It was good for the team to remember that you have to suffer to get every match that we have. We hope to continue like this, we are in a delicate situation and we cannot afford more slip ups in the league."
Arbeloa spoke about the importance of the three points in this round of the Champions League: "In a group like this it would have been very painful to lose and we're happy. The group will be well balanced until the last match. They scored the second goal but the Bernabéu crowd believed that we could win and pushed us and encouraged us and we’re thankful. The win is theirs too. City are a great team but if we play well then we're better. We had control of the match for ninety minutes and they didn’t create many chances."
The defender also spoke about Mourinho: "It is normal that the coach was not happy, and neither were we, we got out of this together, as always. The coach wants us to fight against every team, not just today or against Barcelona. We did it last year and what we want to do well on Sunday against Rayo. The relationship could not be better between the coach and the players, I mean that sincerely, everything is great at the moment."
The wing back about the controversial squad rotation that the Whites’ coach used: "Sergio Ramos is the vice captain, one of the best centre backs in the world and they are decisions that the coach has makes. Others have not played too, like Özil and Benzema, but they are still very important for us."
|Camiseta de Arbeloa en la tienda del Real Madrid para España|
|Camiseta de Arbeloa en la tienda del Real Madrid Internacional|