NEWS | 14/10/2016“It will be a good game against Betis, it will be a complicated match against tough opposition in a difficult stadium”, added the Real Madrid coach.
“All of the players are doing well. James went away with a few issues but has come back feeling better. We are still without him but we haven't had any problems with the others. We haven’t had long to prepare for the match but that is normal when the national teams are playing. We have trained well and those that played with their national teams all did well, contributing with goals and so on. I'm no magician, the only thing we have done is work hard”.
“I did not speak to Dugarry about that. I said that it was not a physical issue because physically we are all doing well. When you go into a game these days there are no small teams, we mustn't think that we will simply turn up and win. We always have to play at a high level in all of the games. That is what I said. The players are all very focussed on what they do and what we need to do is get back to winning games. We will work hard to get back to winning ways”.
“He is ready and that is great news. He is an important player who offers a lot and we will make the most of that tomorrow”.
“Sergio's injury is a real pain because it means h's not with us. He is our captain and an important player. He always gives everything out on the pitch. He will do all that he can in order to get back as soon as possible. All of the important players are going to have their critics. i feel that they are being unfair to him because he always plays well and gives everything he can”.
“The key is to find a solution. there are always going to be difficult moments. I would never consider myself to be a great coach. I do my work as best I can and I look for solutions. I can win the Champions League and still never think that I am the best coach, but I am really eager to learn and every day I learn at this great club despite the complications we might have. What I have to do is to keep on working and face all of the problems along with my players. Nothing more”.
Criticism of his work
“I know where I am. I Accept the criticism. I am going to keep working. If we manage four draws in a row, then I am to blame and I have to find the solution. Perhaps we have to concentrate more and play with a bit more intensity. The most important thing is that we work hard to get ourselves of this difficult situation. The players are all professionals and when we prepare for a game we do it well, but perhaps we need to prepare even better”.
“When you are with a player for ten days it does them good. He is doing well and I hope he has shaken off the little issues. He works hard, seems to be in a good dynamic and I hope tomorrow he will get some goals. That is what we ask of our attacking players”.
“He was really motivated to recover in order to play for his country. He travelled with his team and fortunately was able to realise that he couldn't play and still needed time to recover. The 22.000 kilometres is not a big deal and isn't exactly life changing to a player”.
The identity of Real Madrid
“It is the club's style of play, which is a huge thing. Giving everything is part of the fabric of the club and I love my job. We like to play attractive football and play with the ball, with intensity from the start. I didn't invent football and all I can do is bring my experience to the table given that I was a player. I don't shy away when we draw three games. When we win I can be critical just as I can when we draw. We have worked hard, I want to keep getting good results and I'm certain we will get there if we keep working each day”.
Copa del Rey opposition: Cultural Leonesa
“They play in Segunda B and are second in their league. It is one game more, but it is an important one. They may look at it as the game of the year and we have to look at it in exactly the same way. What I'm focussed on is tomorrow's game”.