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Real Madrid - Levante

Benítez: "We're potent up front and score goals without conceding them"

NEWS | 17/10/2015 | Bárbara Jiménez

"The scoreline is a reflection of our identity as a team; we're on the right track", said the coach.
Rafa Benítez assessed Real Madrid's win over Levante in the press room at the Bernabéu: "We know that we're a potent team up front and that it was important to open up the game. The 3-0 scoreline is a reflection of our identity as a team: we're potent up front, we create good attacking positions in and around the opposition area and score goals without conceding them, thanks to the work we do as a team and Keylor Navas' saves".

"At 2-0 we had seven academy products on the bench and wanted to manage the flow of the game and achieve a balance. Cristiano took on the responsibility because we were lacking people up front, he had to spearhead the team and that's what he did. We had a lot of players out and the fact that we've won 3-0 and that the team put together some pretty good spells is very positive".

Gareth Bale
"After going 2-0 up, with the intense week that he has had, we saw that he was tired and looked to bring on pace".

Jesé Rodríguez
"He was much closer to what we all expect of him. He's a player with quality and talent, and he has to make the most of his chances. That's the way it is at Real Madrid; the demands are really high and all his team-mates are very good".

"He has to work the way he did today, penetrating defences, and do that continually. It's very positive for me and for every Real Madrid fan. He has to keep that up because there is a lot of competition".

We had a lot of players out and the fact that we've won 3-0 is positive.

"There were several positives today: seven academy products on the bench and the odd one on the pitch, the entrances of Lucas [Vázquez] and Jesé that injected energy, speed and penetration, and Marcos Llorente's debut. A lot of positive aspects in the assessment of the game, and the team is up at the top of the table".

Minute's silence for Zoco
"The minute's silence is a tribute to another Real Madrid legend. I met him and all the memories I have of him are really great, he was a fantastic person who was a really good player and it's only fitting to commemorate him and pay this tribute to him".

"He's in good form, he brings us competitiveness and balance in the midfield and is good in the air, and that helps the team defensively".

Aspects for improvement
"We're on the right track. There are three or four attacking and defensive aspects that we could improve and we're working on that; I'm not going to give away too much for our opponents. But if the other team manages to hurt you, if you're able to score goals you can win games. To win games and so to win trophies, what's important to me is that we continue to create good attacking positions in and around the opposition goalmouth and that the other team carve out fewer and fewer chances".

Keylor Navas
"In these types of games you know that if you score a goal the other team open up and, if you concede, your opponents gain in confidence and tighten things up at the back, and it's harder for you to find space. We have conceded two goals in all competitions so far. Keylor is doing very well, the team is doing its job defensively, always keeping an attacking mentality and looking to threaten the opposition goal".

Toni Kroos
"He's a player with vision, quality and is a constant presence in the team's play. When he plays further back he brings us an ability to bring the ball out and brings precision, and when he plays further up he has freedom of movement and what I want is for him to play closer to the area, because he has a good shot to be taken advantage of".

Karim Benzema availability for PSG match
"I don't know, they're all working hard. I spoke to him this morning; everybody says they're better and everybody wants to play, but we have to assess it".