News and opinions
02 March 2013
Aitor Karanka appeared for the media after the second consecutive win against Barcelona. The Real Madrid assistant coach did not hide the team’s satisfaction following the 2-1 win and spoke about the mood in the squad: "We work hard every day and these two matches have gone like they have. This shows that work is worth it. There was talk that the league could have be finished this week and it would be complete disaster, but what we are bothered about is working hard every day. Now we will move on with more motivation and, if possible, with a lot more desire. This makes us stronger".
Goals from Benzema and Sergio Ramos gave Real Madrid the three points in the Clasico. Karanka spoke about how the squad feels ahead of the upcoming matches: "We work hard so that the team is the best that it can be. What we do is not going to change. Sometimes things do not go as you want and are now they are going really well. It makes us stronger and helps us believe even more in the hard work we’re putting in".
The Whites’ assistant coach highlighted the great match that the lesser used players had. "I'm happy with the performance of all the players, which is needed in these types of matches. We started with players that we don’t normally and did so in front of a crowd that was really happy about the other day. You have to be happy with the team's performance, which with so many new faces, has shown that we have players who can all be trusted. We have confirmed what we knew, we can rely on all of the players in the squad".
After two wins against Barcelona, the Whites go into the match against Manchester United full of confidence. "It is clear that the past five days and these wins make us happy. But football has these things. Today we are happy and if we’d had believed that we'd done something extraordinary on Tuesday we could have regretted it today. Now we have to train, prepare for the match against Manchester United and keep going as we are", said Karanka.
Regarding the improvement of the team in the Clasicos since Mourinho’s first year, he was clear: "The 5-0 really hurt because that season we had difficulties in the following matches. But now the team is much more confident and calm and that translates into results". When asked about Cristiano and him being on the bench, he said: "He takes it the same as any other player. Everyone knows the coach and knows how he thinks and acts and take it well. When they find out, often two hours or an hour and a half before the match, they respect the decision and he never says anything special to anyone".
The Whites’ assistant coach was asked about Barcelona’s protests in the play in which Adriano fell in the area: "It's normal. It is a moment that could give you the draw in the last minute and it is logical, but the match is over and the three points are ours. In the final minutes, every time they had possession you thought that they could create danger. But it didn’t go that way, we won and we come away feeling stronger, which is important". About whether the team will celebrate these two wins in a special way, he said: "We will not celebrate with champagne. There is work to do with enthusiasm and excitement. Right now we are happier, but we need to do more work so that those moments come".