NEWS | 07/12/2016 | Javier García"I'm very proud of the work put in by my players", he added.
"We did some very good things out there, but you've also got to consider that you've opponents in front of you who can make your life difficult and they've got some good players. In the second half our intensity levels dropped off a bit, but we had chances to have scored. We lacked a little bit more focus in the last 10 minutes. Given what we've done so far in the competition, it's fair that they've finished top and us second".
"What we were looking to do was to do everything to go through as group winners. We did everything to have achieved that, but that's how it goes. We won't be dwelling on this. We finished second and we'll find out our opponents on Monday. What the players are doing isn't easy and they must be congratulated. We now have to rest up before Saturday's game".
"It's important for any striker to score twice in a game. I'm happy with the work he's put in and for the whole team performance. Karim was lucky enough that his teammates gave everything to pick him out when he was well placed".
"The players have to be congratulated. They're the ones out on the pitch, it's them who run, fight and dig in. We also have to thank the fans, who always get behind the team and support us. They've got to take some credit for what the team is achieving".
"I don't think it's very important for me to leave my mark. What interests me the most is to continue with this great run that we’re on. The idea is to continue because we are doing the right things, but there’s a long way to go".
"He had a great game and provided a good pass for Karim’s goal. He has worked hard and had a good game. I'm happy with how he played".
"We had the game under control, but that's football. Seeing how the game ended has got me a bit angry. We had chances to score the third. I will analyse the match calmly, not in the heat of the moment".
Teams to avoid in the last sixteen
"We're going to see who we get on Monday. If you ask me, I’d say Juventus for two reasons and that's it. We cannot do anything. We'll see who we get".
The Bernabéu and Cristiano
"The Bernabéu is demanding, it has always been that way. Cristiano has worked hard and had chances. It will always happen and it will help everyone improve".
Lucas on the left
"Lucas always gives us a lot. He is playing very well and regularly. He has the ability to play and he does well, but every game is different".