NEWS | 22/04/2015“Chicharito deserved that goal, he played really well and was extremely lively", stated the coach.
“I was looking for a performance like that, with us controlling the play, patiently looking for ways to split them open, and avoiding any problems with counter-attacks or set pieces. Everything went to plan, the team were in control throughout the match”.
A key game
“That was a key game for the season, given all the pressure we were under against a very strong Atlético team that fought for every ball. We prepared well for this, we didn't rush things but rather controlled the play. The first leg gave us the confidence we needed to control the game and patiently wait for our chance to score”.
“The game I derive most satisfaction from is that final in Lisbon. At the moment we are living a dream, that of playing in another final. We are still in with a chance and we are dangerous when we're in with a chance. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger”.
“We have to congratulate him because it has been a difficult year for him. He hasn't played much but he has always trained well, fought hard and made sacrifices. At the end of the day he deserves this. He played really well, he was very lively. He deserved to score that goal, a massively important goal for us".
“The atmosphere in the stadium was fantastic. It helped us a lot. We'll have the same kind of atmosphere for the semi-finals and it will help us just the same”.
“Minutes after Modric fell injured I decided that Sergio Ramos was going to play there because I trust him in that position. Varane and Pepe are good in the air and provide us with defensive assuredness for set pieces. Ramos sacrificed himself for the team because he knew he would be important”.
“I thought about what happened in Barcelona. I was criticised heavily after that decision; but it didn't kill me, I've continued with my work. I thought they might come after me again, but I'm still here. I played Ramos in order to have more assuredness for set pieces. We were more comfortable as a result and he did very well, sacrificing himself a lot for us. He was committed to helping the team in that position and he put in a great performance”.
“Each game is a test and we have passed this one with flying colours. We have another one coming up on Sunday. That's the way it always is for us. I have nothing to prove. I have the affection of the club, the players and a lot of the fans. Criticism is a positive thing from time to time. However, it isn't when I read a so-called journalist asking for compassion on my behalf. I don't need compassion”.
“We respect all of the three sides in the draw. Whatever happens, these teams deserve to be in the semi-finals. We'll see what happens during the draw. As long as we show that same commitment, Real Madrid will have no problem competing against any team. Now our players have time to recover from injuries and things will improve. We can sort out the Bale and Benzema situations soon. We can't give an exact date yet though”.
Chat with the players
“We spoke about the strategy for the game. The level of motivation was very high, the team were calm and confident. I didn't notice any nervousness in the players' eyes. We talked about tactics, in attack and defence”.