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Varane: "I'm happy to be helping the team out with goals"

NEWS | 22/11/2016

"The best thing was the way we reacted to get ourselves back in front", he commented.
Raphaël Varane netted the opener in the win over Sporting CP and highlighted the team's togetherness as being a key factor in the Whites' qualification for the last 16: "To win trophies you have to dig in altogether as a team. It was a tough game, but we didn't give up and that's what has seen us go on and get the win. We know that it'll be tough, but we have to take things one game at a time and first of all we have to rest up and prepare for our next game".

"We're Real Madrid and we always go out to win. We're not thinking about our possible opponents in the last 16. We're just focused on winning and finishing top of the group".

"The team played with good intensity, as we defended and attacked together. Playing as a compact unit is important, I hope that we continue on in this vein for some time to come. We don't set ourselves any limits and we just have to keep fighting. On a personal level, I'm happy to be helping the team out with goals".

Benzema's performance
"Benzema is really pleased after getting the goal. When he came on he changed the game and was involved a lot in the play. That's positive because he's a great player and is important for us".

Ramos: "We're now looking to finish top of the group"
"We know just how tough the Champions League is and this is a ground at which the home fans put you under pressure. The team did a good job, although perhaps in the second half we failed to go for the game and push for the second goal".

"We were made to suffer in the end and they got an equaliser, but the best thing was the way we reacted. We continued to fight until the end and managed to get ourselves back in front".

Qualification for the last 16
"Our aim was to get these three important points and we have to continue putting points on the board. We're now looking to finish top of the ground, although we know that we now face very tough opposition in Borussia. We have to concentrate on LaLiga and there'll then be time to prepare for that game".

Isco: "It was an important game and we had to win at all costs".

"You can't go out and play every game in the same way. The approach is sometimes different and so are the opposition. There are a lot of things that influence whether a team plays in one way of another".

The penalty
"I'd never put the blame on a teammate. Mistakes are collective and every day it's someone's turn to make one. The important thing is that we won".

Isco: "We had to dig in but we the three points are heading back to Madrid"
"It was an important game, we had to win at all costs and we're happy with the result. After the sending-off we should have managed the game a bit better and been a little more patient. We had to dig in but the three points are heading back to Madrid.

Borussia clash
"They're a great side who play very good football, particularly on the counter-attack, where they've got some really pacey players. The key will be to perform as we did against Atleti, be patient on the ball and defend as a unit. We have to make the Bernabéu a fortress and we hope to get the three points".

Kovacic: "It was a tough game"
"It was our second game in three days and you could see that we were a bit tired, but we got the three points and we must continue on in this vein. It was a very tough and difficult game. The whole team is on good form and I'm ready, just as I always am. We now have to focus on the LaLiga and there'll be time to prepare for the Dortmund game".

Pereira sending-off
"I don't know what happened. There was a foul and I was just speaking to him and then he punched me in the stomach. I think that the red card was fair, it was his fault".

Coentrão: "I have to make the most of the minutes I get"
"I made a big mistake on the penalty. I have to be more focused in such situations and no be appealing for the handball. I appealed for it because I thought that's what it was, but I can't be doing that. It'll be very tough to get playing time here. Marcelo is the best left-back in the world right now. I have to make the most of the minutes I get given, train more and give my all. I feel bad right now and can only alter that through hard work".