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Morata: “These comebacks happen at this club and this stadium”

NEWS | 14/09/2016

“This is Real Madrid, we never give up”, stated Casemiro.
Álvaro Morata capped off the comeback against Sporting CP with his goal in extra time. The Forward said: “It was a game that we didn't start well, but this is Real Madrid and these things happen at this club and this stadium. We are going home very happy. We keep the faith and we have shown that until the final whistle the game is still there to be won".

"Sometimes football isn't fair, I'm not sure if the result was fair but we won, and that was fundamental. We have to aim to top the group and we will fight in order to do so”.

His goal
“I knew that James was going to place it there; I headed it with everything I had and it went in. My dream is to triumph here and I'm working hard. I want to continue on in this way and provide goals. A goal like that at home in the Champions League, that was my dream since I was little”.

“I keep getting better and better at understanding my teammates. Having a group such as this is key if we want to win titles at the end of the season. We are a team and we have to be ready to play against anyone. This is the best club in th world and we have some phenomenal players who have to play”.

Zidane's speech
“He told us that it is not always possible to win on the comeback, that we have to be focussed and fight to the death like we did today”.

Casemiro: “Real Madrid never give up”
“We knew that this would be a difficult game but we were able to get three really important points against a strong team to make a good start. You have to credit all the players because they never surrendered. This is what Real Madrid is all about, we never give up”.

Great squad
“I think we have the best squad, because when we make changes we play as well if not better, and those who come on are always looking to help Real Madrid”.
Casilla: “It has been a thrilling night of Champions League football”
“It has been a night of Champions League football, in the Bernabéu, an it was thrilling. It seemed like a quarter-final or semi-final, with the fans providing such an intense atmosphere. It was the first game and we put to the test, but we didn't lose hope and were able to get the win”.

Lucas: “We worked hard to come out of the game on top”.

“Their goal hurt us. They gathered themselves well. However, in the end thanks to their fatigue and our quality, Cristiano was able to get a goal. After that we were able to win the game thanks to the strength of our comeback and Morata's goal”.

Comments to Morata
“i told him that he deserved it for all the hard work he puts in each day and the fight he shows in each game. Now we have to look at what we did badly and correct it. At the start of this competition the important thing is getting the win and that is what we did”.
Lucas: “We worked hard”
“Real Madrid are known for never giving in, for fighting till the last, and that is how we were able to win today. In the Champions League there are no easy games and we were in a tough one tonight, They went ahead 0-1, and in the end we did very well to come out of the game on top”.

“When the coach picks me I try to give my all and help the team to get the win. I think that both Morata, James and myself had to come into the game strong in order to change it, and we did that well”.

“Sporting were a difficult opponent in a tough competition, so we have to be happy with the win. All of the games in the Bernabéu are special, but perhaps even more so in the Champions League, and tonight we were fired up from the word go".

Cristiano, 350 games
“Cristiano shows every day that he is the best in the world. Today he showed it by making himself count in the dying minutes and I hope he plays many more games here with us”. 

Varane: “We fight until the last”
“Games don't always go our way, but you have to fight and that is what we did. We are happy with this win. We had to be patient against a good team who are solid at the back. Perhaps we could have played better but it is still the start of the season. We keep getting good results and we are remaining calm”.
Opposition analysis
“They played a fast-paced game and we had to be focussed, they only made a few big moves, but they were dangerous ones. We did well apart from conceding. They did well to get the ball back. There are no easy games. We always have to be at our best because these teams come here fired up and they can surprise us”.
350 games for Cristiano
“He is a magnificent player and a great guy. We are very happy to have him here. We hope he plays many more games and keeps on scoring”.