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Real Madrid - Getafe

Benítez: "The first half showed everything this team has in its locker"

NEWS | 05/12/2015

"Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema found each other and got themselves on the scoresheet, and have every reason to feel pleased about that", he added.
Rafa Benítez spoke to the media in the Santiago Bernabéu press room following Real Madrid's win over Getafe. The Whites' head coach moved to highlight his side's start to the match: "The team were really focused right from the off. They showed that they were at it and knew what they had to do. We got the three points with a great first-half display and have kept our recent form going”.

"The first half showed everything this team has in its locker and everything they're capable of doing in games where those players who've been coming back into the side can make the difference. We put in a really good 45 minutes. The team have played several very good matches. If we analyse them, there are three or four of extremely high quality. Today the team's performance didn't fall away in the second half: they were winning 4-0 and they sought to manage the game. The team's intensity dropped a bit because the job was done".

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"By getting all three points with a great first-half display, we saw that when these players, who are so important to us, are getting into their stride and achieving good mutual coordination, they really hurt defences. The three of them found each other, got themselves on the scoresheet and worked hard for the team. They have every reason to feel pleased about that. It's important that they play well and score goals, and that will help them keep their morale on a high".

Karim Benzema
"I'd spoken to Benzema this week and the fact that he scored two goals further underlines what I've already said: he's very important for us and helps the others to play well. When I spoke to him he was raring to play, and we even spoke about him scoring two goals. He met his target. He's focused and he knows that he has to perform well on the football pitch because that will help him to tackle any problem".

 I'm optimistic; I see a team with the ability to keep on progressing.

"We know what the atmosphere was like and our job was to be very focused to ensure we performed well from the off. The pleasing thing for the fans was seeing a great start from the team, who then managed the game well".

Fans
"We have the utmost respect for the fans. We're looking to put in good performances and win games to ensure our season is firmly back on course, because that way the fans will be happy. Every team his its own peculiarities. Everyone expects us to win every game, and everything to be perfect. We have to stick together and work hard to achieve what we've achieved today. The team's reaction on the back of a difficult situation was very good, and that's the main thing I'll come away with".

Marcelo
"It's quite a lot simpler than it appears. I spoke to the doctor and he told me that he still didn't have the all-clear. He completed the session before the game, which is always a more controlled session. Today he trained and did well again, indicating that he'll probably be available against Malmö, but today was too early. He's improving and what we want is to protect a player who first got injured and then did so again".

James and Danilo
"Against Cádiz, James showed a bit more. Today he worked really hard, he had to run hard and that wasn't easy. With the games ahead his fitness will improve further, and there can be no argument about his quality. Danilo had his foot trodden on and he felt it, but in the end it was nothing".

Criticism
"We focus on doing our job. Every day we try to do as well as possible. Social media enables a lot of people to express their opinions without knowing what's happening on the inside. I'm optimistic; I see a team with the ability to keep on progressing and I'm calm, because I can see that everyone is giving it their all".

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