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James: "We produced a great performance"

NEWS | 04/01/2017

"It's not easy to beat a side like Sevilla", insisted Varane. 
James struck a brace in the victory over Sevilla and had the following to say on the team's display: "We performed well despite the absences of some players and we produced a great performance. We played with real intensity and this is a good result to take into the second leg. The tie isn't over yet, we still have to go to Seville and show real concentration and intensity and produce an excellent performance there".

"I just want to perform well whenever I'm given the chance and do a good job,  to help the team, just as I did today. Everyone in the squad always wants to play all of the time. I'm fine and we all go through rough patches. This is a new year and a new life, I'm staying put".

"I felt good out there. Besides the two goals, I think that I played well, just as the rest of the team did. I'm happy at Real Madrid. This is the club that I always dreamed of playing for and when I hear that Bernabéu chanting my name there's nothing like it".

Varane: "We've made a good start to the year"
"We're happy with the win, and in particular with the first-half performance, because it's not easy to beat a side like Sevilla. We've made a good start to the year. I celebrated the goal with Zidane and we hugged each other as we celebrated the excitement of the goal. I thanked him because I'm learning a lot from him as I continue to improve and grow".

Winning streak
"We've got to recognise the significance of the unbeaten run because it's no mean feat. We must now look forward as we try to remain unbeaten".

Casemiro: "Sevilla are a tough prospect at home, the hardest part is still to come" he stated.

"James is pleased, as we all are. He's got real quality and we're delighted for him when he's enjoying his football and scoring goals. Everyone who plays comes in and gives their all for the team, and that sees us achieve good results. This is a team effort, we're a group, and that's what you need".

Casemiro: "One of the best performances of the season"
"We played really well, it was perhaps one of our best performances of the season. We produced a strong all-round display for the full 90 minutes. You can see that we're on form, we continue to grow and there's still a long way to go this season".

The return leg
"The tie is still very much alive and we know that the hardest part is still to come. They're a tough prospect at home, where they make things difficult for you. Whenever you take to the field in a Real Madrid shirt you always have to battle and play hard. We must continue on in this vein all season".

Refereeing display 
"We're talking about one of the top referees in LaLiga here. He might make mistakes, but he always tries to perform to his best".

Casilla: "The team performed well"
"I'd give the performance a 10/10, we were very disciplined from the start right through to the final whistle. We played really well in the first half and after the break we kept the rhythm up and maintained possession.The team performed well, we showed good application and we must continue on in this vein. When you go a while without a game, sometimes it tells, but today I felt comfortable out there and the team helped me".

James' performance
"He's a great player and he's important to us. He's now tired because he put in loads of effort and he's happy with the win and his goals. Zidane has had a perfect year and let's hope it's the first of many more".

"The referee's performance wasn't decisive, he made errors on both sides. I was a long way from the penalty, but a referee, just like a player, can either get it wrong or right".