NEWS | 19/11/2016“Playing against Atlético is very difficult but we were incredible in terms of intensity”, stated Marcelo.
“During the week we were working on this system and it worked out well in the end. The team struggled in certain moments but we came out on top”. We played perfectly, understanding each moment in the game and we are happy with the three points”.
“I took a knock to my ankle in the first half but I don’t think it was anything major. Players love to play these kind of games, I felt fine and in these games you can’t come off for any old issue”.
Marcelo: “We were the better team”
“Playing against Atlético is difficult but we were incredible in terms of intensity and we were able to make the right decisions in practically every moment. We were also strong at the back and did not concede. It is not a decisive moment because we still have a long way to go in LaLiga. We came here to work hard and we did that well, with the utmost humility and respect towards Atlético”.
“If you go in with intensity and fight for the ball it gives you more confidence in the game and you can play better. We didn't lack intensity in any moment. It is difficult to play here but today we were better. You can never doubt Cristiano and those who do can watch the match again and look at what he did”.
Carvajal: “They are three very important points”
“We all worked hard and were happy in many different facets of the game. If everyone works hard we can play brilliantly. They were three very important points against a direct rival and we went out there to win”.
“Atlético start strongly, and they put us under real pressure in the first ten minutes, but we knew if we moved the ball well we could cause them problems and do some damage. I’m thrilled because I’d still never won here in La Liga”.
Cristiano and the Champions League
“I hope he wins the Balon d’Or, I think he deserves it. He gave another exhibition today. In the Champions League, we’ve got a difficult game on Tuesday and we have to win it to seal our place in the last sixteen”.
Nacho: “It was a perfect game”
“We played a perfect match in all areas of the pitch. We wanted to play a game like this against a strong opponent and at a ground like this. We knew it was important to get the win to open up a gap with our rivals but there’s still a long way to go in La Liga. We’re calm and we have to carry on like this. It was a very intense clash, the team put in a fantastic performance in every aspect and if we play like this we’re difficult to beat”.
“I’m very pleased for him. It’s beautiful to score goals at a ground like this. I never doubted him, nor did any of the team. We know what Cristiano can do and I hope he keeps up this run now”.
“We have been conceding a lot of goals but the team did a fantastic job today. Everyone helped us defenders out and we’re grateful for that. Picking up points like today is very important, but we have to take it step by step. Next up is the Champions League and we’re got to focus on that”.
Lucas Vázquez: “The team were at their best”
"It was a great opportunity to take a giant step forward and the team performed superbly from the off. Every game is important in La Liga, but today was a crucial match and the team were at their best. We have to be very happy with the way we played and this is how we have to carry on”.