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Kovacic: “The team performed very well and we've got to continue on in this vein"

NEWS | 29/01/2017

"The help we get from the fans is very important because everything we win we'll win together", insisted Casemiro. 
Mateo Kovacic set Real Madrid on the way to victory against Real Sociedad and at the final whistle the midfielder reflected on his and the team's performance: "It was a very important game and we managed to get the three points. The team did very well and we must continue on in this vein".

"Whenever you score it always makes you happy, but the most important thing is that we got the win and put three more points on the board. I got a goal and provided an assist and I've now go to keep going and prove that I can play for Real Madrid".

The fans and Cristiano Ronaldo
"The fans were really good and were our twelfth man. We have to thank them for that. As for Ronaldo, he's under a lot of pressure and that's to be expected. A player who gets a goal every game is under a lot of pressure, but you just can't boo him".

Casemiro: "It has been an important matchday"
"It has certainly been an important matchday, but we mustn't think about the other teams. We had to come out strongly, as we did, and we played very well. We must only think about ourselves and winning our games".

The system
"We worked on pressing them high up and allowing them to have the ball because we know that we are very strong on the counter-attack. We’ve done a good job and all of the players have to be congratulated. The league is in our hands and if we win every game we will be champions".

Lucas Vázquez: "We're having a good season"

"Playing for Real Madrid is very demanding. We always have to do our best and if the fans whistle at us, it is because they see the need to. We’ll keep working hard, but the help we get from the fans is very important because everything we win we'll win together".

Lucas: "If the fans and the team are united we are unstoppable"
"The fans at the Bernabéu are the most demanding in the world and that’s why playing at Real Madrid is so tough, but we have shown that when the fans and the team come together we can be unstoppable, picking up good results and if we continue along this path we’ll be very happy and very united".

The approach
"We knew that Real Sociedad keep hold of the ball well and could have more possession than us. I think we were quite comfortable holding them off, playing deep and they didn’t create many chances. We waited for our chance and scored the first goal, which gave us a big advantage".

League situation
"We have a good advantage and if we win the match at Mestalla it’ll look even better. It has to give us confidence to continue doing as we’re doing, I think we’re having a good season despite having been knocked out of the Copa del Rey".

Full weeks of training
"We've got to make the most of the fact that we've now got a fortnight without any midweek games, this will be good as it allows us to work on things and be fresher for the LaLiga games.