NEWS | 14/02/2015 | Edu Bueno | PHOTOGRAPHER: Helios de la Rubia"It was important to be motivated and concentrate in order to win the game, ultimately we did well", he stated.
"It was not an easy game. We played part of it well but we also had difficulties. It was a strange week, delicate and complicated and we have emerged with a win that is good for doing what we have always done. Today we partly did this. The team was focussed and things turned out well in the end".
The role of the fans
“It is normal to have criticism. It is frustrating to lose a derby game 4-0, frustrating for the fans and frustrating for us. It is more complicated supporting a team when things are difficult and the team is grateful. The fans helped us a lot and they understood what the team was going through".
“Bale did really well with his defensive contribution. So too did Isco and when we have the ball we have to enjoy the three forwards we have. That is the way we have always played".
“It was a strange week and a result that surprised and frustrated us. That is normal after a match like the one against Atlético. The team reacted really well. We are looking ahead, the Champions League is back and we are at the same stage as the other teams and we are ahead in La Liga".
“There were whistles at the start but he played really well and had a top game. Those whistles then turned to applause".
“He did not score but he was dangerous. He hit the bar, provided an assist and had chances. He did not miss passes and technically he was good during the game".
“I do not believe that he is the only player really holding up the team. He is performing well and scored today. He worked like all of the players and continues to play well. We have to enjoy this as we currently are enjoying it".
“He received a knock that numbed his muscle so he stopped playing. He is fine and will be able to play without any problems".
Lucas Silva's debut
“Illarramendi played a good game, fighting, really giving everything he could. I took him off to give Lucas Silva some playing time, his condition is improving and he is ready to start games".