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Varane: "The sending off isn't fair, I always play fair and I'm not going to hurt anyone"

NEWS | 13/02/2016 | Bárbara Jiménez

The team is in form ahead of the game in Rome”, explained Kovacic.
Varane spoke after the game about the incidents that led to his sending off: "I always play fair, I don't play to hurt the opponent. Neither of the incidents deserved a yellow card. I respect the refereeing team but it wasn't fair. I jump to play the ball and I get above him. I don't intend to hit the opponent". 

"The most important thing is that the team has responded well and put in a good performance against a difficult opposition. We need this continuity and we want to fight until the end. It's important to win at home, we have to continue on this path. The Champions League is very important and we want to fight for both competitions.

Kovacic: “A big game from everyone"
"I'm very happy, like all the team. We're well, the important thing is winning, not who plays. You can see how were are doing under Zidane and we have to stay on the same path. The fans are great and I'm happy. The team is in form ahead of the game in Rome, you could see this today. Wednesday's game is important for us and in Champions League it's always special".

“Cristiano looks good to me and he's fundamental for the team. Modric is a great player, a friend and he's also fundamental for Real Madrid".

Varane's sending off
“I think his sending isn't even a foul, but we don't speak about the referees". 

Danilo: “It's the moment of truth in the season"

"I'm happy with the result. We've worked hard and kept our concentration, that's the important thing and the goals came. The coach was clear that Carvajal was going to play on the left. We try to do what the coach asks and win the game".

Isco: “We've had a good game and it will serve us well ahead of Rome".

“We are working a lot during the week and now is the moment of truth in the season. We're strong and ready to win. For us nothing is imposible and we'll keep working with our eyes on the first place in La Liga".

Varane' sending off
“The referee can make a mistake. I don't think it was a foul. The important thing is that the group is with Varane and we're together".

Isco: “The first half was very competitive"

“Athletic set themselves up really well and created chances but I think we've had a great game in general and it'll serve us well for the Rome game. The important thing is that we got the three points and we're happy".

“The first half was very competitive. We got in front early. The team has done well, we carried on how we started and thankfully at the end of the first half we've got the victory".

“It's a season with a lot of games, you have to rotate and  to involve all the players. It's going to be key between now and the end of the season. We all have to be 100% confident and willing to contribute to the team".