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Isco: “We can't let ourselves think that you win on name alone”

NEWS | 30/09/2014 | Alberto Navarro (Sofía)

“The Champions League is the most important competition and there are no easy games. We want to win and be top of the group,” said the midfielder.
Isco spoke to the media a little over 24 hours before Real Madrid's Champions League matchday two encounter against Ludogorets in Group B. The Whites' midfielder looked ahead to his side's first away match in the competition this season: "It's an important match because it's the Champions League and it's at a difficult ground. We're going to try to win because we have the team to do so. We can't let ourselves think that you win on name alone. We're on a good run and we hope to keep it going."

“A football player is never afraid; at least that's not my case. It wouldn't be the first or the last time that a weaker team beat a stronger one. The Champions League is the most important competition and there are no easy games. We want to win and be top of the group." 

Dangers posed by Ludogorets
“I don't know a lot about them, I only know about the defender who saved the penalties. The team hasn't been at the top level for many years and they made life difficult for Liverpool at Anfield. Between today and tomorrow, the coach will tell us the strategy and will explain to us how they play. The stadium is an important factor because they will be right on top of you, but we have confidence in ourselves."

His situation in the team
“The coach wants me to do my bit in defence and that's what I have to do if I want to get minutes. I will try to do my best, and with the ball at my feet I can do well. I'm not playing a lot and I hope to play more during the season. Last year I started out in the team, but nobody remembers that now."

Last year was incredible and I'm very happy at Real Madrid.

“The affection I've received from the Bernabéu has been incredible and they have always supported me. I work hard every day and I try to make the most of every opportunity that the coach gives me. It's a new season, with new hopes and dreams, and new sources of motivation. I train hard to be in the eleven and I hope to get a lot of playing time this season."

Competition for places in midfield
“There's no need to say anything to Illarramendi or me to motivate us. We're very young and we know what Real Madrid is and that the competition couldn't be higher. We want to enjoy the minutes we're given and if possible be in the starting line-up."

Praise for James
“We're compatible. Anything that's good for the team is welcome. He helps us a lot and contributes a lot of quality. That's good for the team."

The search for balance
“Sometimes we leave gaps, but we have three guys up front who almost always score. We're all there to defend, but always some more than others."

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