NEWS | 19/08/2014“It's a tough match. The two sides know each other well and that will have a large influence on the tactics", said the Real Madrid defender.
“The final in Lisbon is gone. It was an intense game with both sides having the chance to win the title. We will go into the match in a different way because it is a two-legged affair and not 90 minutes, where anything can happen. We know each other well and this will have a large influence on the tactics. The derby is something special. It’s difficult to describe, but it’s the way in which it brings families and groups of friends together and pulls them apart at the same time”.
“Atlético are a top side and even though they’ve lost some players, they’ve reinforced very well and have a top squad. Their fighting spirit stands out, and that saw them win the league. They came out at 200% each game, and this does a lot on the field of play”.
“I’m coming into the season really up for it. It’s a great campaign, where we can win five more titles. We all can’t wait to get going and we want to do something big”.
The importance of the fans
“I ask the fans to be as they have been until now and to support us in every game. We give our all in every game. The fans are excited after winning the Copa del Rey and the Champions League last season, and we will try to return this warmth”.
His best goal
“I’ve not scored a lot of goals, but each one I do score with Real Madrid is very special, and I remember it fondly. The first one with Real Madrid against Rayo Vallecano stands out”.
Michel Salgado and Raúl. The first for the position that I play and the second for all that he means to Madrid and the fighting spirit that he has.