NEWS | 03/12/2016“We were able to suffer for the result, it was fair”, stated Lucas Vázquez.
“It was a hard-fought clash and both teams wanted to keep the ball. Perhaps we had more chances in the first half but we lacked a clinical edge in front of goal. The points difference is reward for the hard week we’ve been doing since the start of the season. We mustn’t get carried away because there’s still a long way to go in La Liga, but it’s better to have it in our own hands than to depend on others.”
“It was high intensity. It was a high-risk game and we played to our limits. On top of all that you always have to show sportsmanship. Now we have to keep working and rack up the points, turn our attentions to the Champions League and soon we’ll have to focus on La Liga again”.
Lucas: “Both teams had good chances”
“Over the course of 90 minutes I think it was a fair result. Both teams had good chances and in the end a draw was fair. We lacked a bit of accuracy up top, but in the end we were able to snatch a draw thanks to Ramos’ goal and that’s bad. This is a difficult ground to come to, we knew how to suffer and we did everything to get the draw”.
Controversial moment in the first half
“I thought at the time that it was a penalty. The ball was there to be won, I went in and Mascherano upended me, it was a clear penalty”
“It is a good advantage but we have the rest of the La Liga still to go, with a lot of work and many games to come. We have to keep on in this same form”.
Marcelo: “We never gave up”
“One point feels like a win. We fought hard and gave a good account of ourselves away from home against a tough opponent. We did what the coach asked of us and we never gave up. We knew that a point here would really help us. We gave everything in the game”.
“We worked hard in the preseason and it is really helping us now. In these tough games we fight right up until the last and that makes the difference. We know that we are yet to win anything, it is a long season and we are going to carry on with this form, leaving everything on the pitch
Modric: “A goal like that in el Clásico is almost like a win”
“It is hugely important and deserved point. We fight right up till the end and we never give up. It is vital that we remain leaders and we don’t let up, we must continue in the same way we have until now. We played well, especially in the first half. They were more dominant in the second half and they went ahead, but we never give up and goal like that in el Clásico feels like a win”
The team's form
“We're on a very good run of form and playing with confidence. Going 33 games unbeaten is no coincidence. With the quality and the world class players we have, if we play as a team, giving everything out on the pitch, we're very difficult to beat”.
Casemiro: “The draw is fair”
“We played an incredible first half. We had opportunities to score and win, but it was a very even game and the draw is a fair result for both teams. It's not easy to come here, Barcelona are very strong at home and it's very important to keep picking up points in La Liga”.