NEWS | 09/03/2015 | Javier García | PHOTOGRAPHER: Víctor Carretero"We want to do as well as possible in the world's most important competition", explained the manager.
“Khedira and Modric are on the list and I am hoping to give them minutes. Sergio will be available on Sunday. That is good news because the return of important players will help us during the final stage of the season. Modric, despite doing everything a central midfielder does, can also help to penetrate, and that unbalances opponents. I want to give him 30 minutes tomorrow".
“Yes, they are doing well, they will definitely be playing. They have given us a lot and I have total confidence in them without doubt. They have had a low point, but that is what happens, not just with the three of them. They have scored less lately because the team is not helping the forwards. They will play the same way because that is where the players are most comfortable, they have given us good results and we have scored a lot of goals".
Talk at the San Mamés
“I tried to explain my opinion on the game to them and the difficulties we had. They understood and agreed. We are clear on what the problem is and each game is a good chance to fix it and improve. We are playing with too many touches, play is not quick. There is not a good combination between passing the ball and getting away from markers. We have to move the ball quicker".
“It is not true that he has played so many minutes. In the last few months we have not played so many games. He is not tired. We do not have a fitness issue, it is a technical problem. Kroos does not need to rest. Another question is assessing the card ban, but that is more related to the league than the Champions League".
Bad form from Bale?
“If that was true then I would need to change the entire team. Karim, Cristiano, the midfielders...the whole team needs to improve. I don't think that Bale is happy with what he is doing. He understands tht well and is going to try to improve".
“At the moment we are thinking that we must go to the Camp Nou, but first we have to play against Schalke and Levante. Our confidence will depend on how we do in those two matches. I hope we react well".
Support from the club
“I have spoken to the president. He has called me a lot over the last few days to give me his support and best wishes. In this regard, especially this week, I have been supported a lot. The club's support is always there, they have a lot of confidence in my work and I am grateful for that".
“When I play Jesé we change the 4-3-3 to 4-4-2 in order to have more space on the wings. When I play a central midfielder it is to add more balance, but I am not correcting the system. The system only changes once".
“He will not play against Schalke. He is doing well and sticking to his program. I don't know how close he is to playing but he is a player with a lot of talent".
Margin for error
“No team can afford to make errors now. Each error compromises the season. At the moment there is more pressure on everyone. We are all very sorry about the two games. We have already made the mistakes. Now we need more consistency".
“100%. When a team isn't doing well, the manager has 100% responsibility. When a team wins, I also know that the coach deserves no credit. That is evident".
“The knockout round is very close. Chelsea have more experience and a little advantage because of the result in the first leg, but it will be close".