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James: "I'm just another member of the squad and I want to help the team with goals and assists"

NEWS | 18/09/2016

"The important thing was to pick up the points and retain top spot", declared Casilla.
James, Kiko Casilla and Dani Carvajal offered their assessment of Real Madrid's victory at the RCDE Stadium against Espanyol, with the Colombian expressing his delight at the performance and his first-half strike: "I'm just another member of the squad. I want to help the team by scoring goals and providing assists. We're a united group who are always hungry and want to win games and break records, as we have done today".

"I'm happy because we've won and because we looked good. When they were playing well and we were playing deeper is right when the goal came. The result is a fair one. This team are hungry and want to win games and break records".

Role within the team
"I've got everyone's support and that of the coach too. Things aren't the way that people suggest they are. I get on well with Zidane and with everyone else, you can see that. I want to be at Real Madrid. It's always been a dream and I'm going to carry on fighting. I was always clear about it and never did I think about leaving. There were no concrete offers because I was always clear about the fact that I wanted to stay here. Zidane is my idol".

Squad rotation
"You've got to realise that there are a lot of us and the gaffer is the one who calls the shots. You always try to train and play well, but you've got to be relaxed and the most important thing is that this season I'm feeling good. I want to help us to all win. I accept having to sit on the bench because there are a lot of players and also I recognise that if you start you've got to perform".

Casilla: "We're top which is all we're bothered about"
"I made some vital saves given the scoreline at the time and I'm happy with our work and with the win. We go on picking up points and we're top, which is all we're bothered about. The important thing was to pick up the points and the record is a side story. The team know what lies about and we're just taking things one game at a time".

"He's a very important player for us, he's shown what he can do and the important thing is that we're a tight-knit group and that whoever plays does a good job".

Carvajal: "The record is a reflection of the hard work put in by the team and the coach".

"In the first 15 minutes we didn't perform to our usual standards. They played well and they've got players with pace who play high-tempo football and they didn't allow us to be at our best. But we've got players with real quality who can create havoc in an instant, like James did with his great goal".

Affection for Espanyol
"I have only words of thanks for this club. It's thanks to them that I'm here and I'll always respect them".

Carvajal: “It's a special record”
"Equalling the 16 wins is a special record, but it's still nothing more than a statistic and we're now already focusing on the Villarreal game. The record is a reflection of the hard work put in by the team and the gaffer. Zidane has got it spot on to ensure that we all feel important and we're all pulling in the same direction. The fact that we're a united group is the key to our success".

The game
"In the first half we struggled a bit, we were a bit sluggish and we gave the ball away cheaply on a number of occasions. The half-time interval allowed us to regroup and come out and really go for the game, and in the second period we controlled things better and we came away with the points".

"Some of our important players were missing, but we've got a strong 24-man squad, all of whom would be starters in any other team in the world. It's tough for the gaffer to pick his starting XI and it's our job to make it difficult for him".

La Liga
"It's only just started. We're four matchdays in and this is a marathon. We're just focused on picking up three points at a time, all the more so after we just missed out last season by a single point. We know that each and every point is important and we shalln't be throwing any of them away".