Athletic Club - Real Madrid

Varane: "We had to dig in, but we came away with a really positive result"

NEWS | 23/09/2015

"Winning here is tough, but we deserved it", said Carvajal.
Raphael Varane played the full 90 minutes in Wednesday's win over Athletic Club, and the central defender offered his thoughts on the victory: "It was a tough match and we had to run hard, but we're happy because the team worked really well. We had to dig in, but we stuck together as a team. Playing here is always tough, because Athletic play with a lot of intensity, but we responded and held firm, and came away with a really positive result". 

"We're working really hard, we're focused and well organised. The main thing is to keep this up. La Liga isn't easy and there are a lot of good teams, and the consistency that we're showing is important".

Karim Benzema
"He's in very good form and he always scores goals. He's made a really good start to the season and I hope that he keeps it up".

Dani Carvajal: “Taking top spot is an added source of motivation”
"Winning here is really tough and we stood up to be counted. We deserved the win and we'll take real heart from it. All in all, the first half was a more complete performance and in the second half we had to dig in and work together. Being able to dig in when called upon is an essential quality of every winning team, and today we stood up to be counted".

La Liga Leaders
"It's always good to be top of the table, but we have to carry on and keep on winning games to be champions come May. We knew about Barcelona's half-time score and that it was a golden opportunity to take top spot. It's an added source of motivation to get out there and play".

Personal performance
"I try to repay the coach's confidence in me by playing well. I hope that Danilo recovers soon and that when he's back we make it hard for Benítez, and that it's the team that benefits the most. For me, this year is the most important and the year with the most challenges in my career, with stiff competition at club and international level, and with the Euros in the summer. It's a year to stand up and be counted".