Real Madrid - Shakhtar Donetsk

Benzema: "Picking up the three points at home was important and we're happy"

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NEWS | 15/09/2015

"The team's getting into a really positive run of form", said Isco.
Karim Benzema opened the scoring in Real Madrid's win over Shakhtar Donetsk, and following the final whistle he offered his thoughts on the Whites' opening Champions League fixture of the season: "The main thing was getting the win. In the first half we struggled for rhythm, and three players getting injured is bad news for us. But the most important thing was picking up the three points at home, and we're very happy with that".

"I have a lot of confidence in myself, but the most important thing is that the team gets the win. For me Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world".

Injury victims
"We have a lot of really good players with injuries, but we have a good squad that can overcome that".

Isco: "The team's getting into a really positive run of form"
"The team's getting into a really positive run of form, scoring lots of goals, showing cutting edge up front and yet to concede for the moment. I'm really happy with the way team's responding". 

"It's something that no longer surprises you. Cristiano not scoring to begin with is what's unusual; what we've seen in the most recent games is the norm. I hope he continues in this vein, because it gives the team a real boost". 

"I try to help the team with the things that I have, I try to improve every day and I have to keep on moving forward. I want to score more goals too. It's not something that I'm worried about and I'm certain that they'll come soon".

Nacho: "As long as we're picking up the points, that's always positive".

"Shakhtar are a team who are very clear on their approach, they like to hold their position and have very quick and dangerous players, and they're going to be very tough opponents away from home".

"We have a lot of players in the squad; you get injuries and rotation of personnel. Having James out is an important absence, because he's a player who gives us a lot and let's hope that he recovers as soon as possible".

Nacho: "The goals and the clean sheet are important"
"It's an important result because of all the goals that we scored and because we kept a clean sheet. As long as we're picking up the points, that's always positive. Playing for this team and with these players is really special. The coach knows that I'm ready whenever he needs me, and I'm happy to play as many minutes as I can". 

"It's incredible; he never tires of scoring goals, and we know how important he is for our team. Let's hope that he scores this many goals in the next two games too".

Rafa Benítez
"The coach knows what kind of player Cristiano is. He knows that he's the best player around right now, and we're delighted to have him in our team".