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Morata: "We are league leaders and we must continue working to win the title"

NEWS | 23/10/2016 | Bárbara Jiménez

“We've done a good job and deserved the victory”, said Bale.
Alvaro Morata scored the winning goal against Athletic after coming off of the bench and summed up the team's performance: "It was a very difficult match. Athletic are a great team and it’s always difficult to beat them. A lot of the top teams drop points against them. The important thing is that we won but it’s not the best game we've played. Now we have to keep working and improving".
"We want to win everything this year and I have to take the coach's decisions, work and give everything. I am very happy to be home. We are leaders and we must continue working to win the title, we are really up for it".
Scorer on his birthday
"It couldn’t have turned out better. It's my birthday, we have won and are top of the league. I will not celebrate because of Wednesday’s match, but I want to see my family and friends. We all like to score and more so if it’s the winning goal. I feel like a ten year old child".
Position in the team
"Everyone wants to always play, in every possible game, but it’s difficult. I feel important in the squad. We’ve got 25 players and Zidane's job is hard to choose who’ll play. A good problem. We are a team and are about winning together, which is what we have done. Zidane gave me a hug and congratulated me, and now we have to keep working".
Cristiano Ronaldo
"When you're used to scoring almost 70 goals a season, it's almost like an addiction for goals. For us he is the most important player in the team and I hope that he scores lots of goals, but he is not a machine. He is a human being, even if he comes from another planet and is different, he also has the right to miss".
Bale: "We knew Athletic were going to make it difficult"
"It was a difficult game against Athletic, a team that we knew were going to make things difficult because they do every year. They are a very difficult team, a physical team and they work hard and press. But I think we've done a good job and deserved the victory. After the this weekend results we knew it was important to win. We're happy, but we have a long road ahead". 

Marcelo: "We conceded but we didn’t let it get us down".

"The important thing is that the team wins and we are top of the league, not who scores the goal. Cristiano works hard to keep scoring goals, but the important thing is the team and I'm sure he's happy to be top".

Marcelo: "We did a great job"
"The opposition made it hard for us, but we had the ball and patience. We conceded but we didn’t let it get us down. We did a great job. We have tried to be together the whole game but it is difficult. Without the possession we had to be together to get the ball back, but Athletic have good players and it is difficult. It is normal that they had control of the game at times".

"All the players are important and everyone will have their moment, everyone works hard and working hard you get minutes. Today Morata has helped the team with the winning goal".

The work of Cristiano
"Of course he wants to score and is a player who helps a lot and not only with goals, also with his work on the pitch".

Navas: "These games give us confidence"
"We have taken all three points in a very difficult match against a great team. Opponents come to the Bernabéu to play their game, defending well and although we try to be in control, there are times when they find spaces on the counter and create problems. I try to do my best and this time I was able to stop the danger to help the team".

Compliments to Morata
"We are very pleased for Morata because there is nothing more beautiful than a birthday, scoring and helping the team win at home. On top of that we are league leaders. We try to strive, to do things well and play as a team, and now we want to continue along this path. These games give us confidence".