NEWS | 29/01/2017 | Javier García"We produced a strong all-round performance against tough opposition" added the Whites' coach.
"The idea at the start was for us to press, but I wasn't pleased because we weren't pressing in a very coordinated way. We improved on that in the second half. Possession isn't the be-all and end-all in football, you also need to have a cutting edge. What's more, we've got to be happy with having scored a goal like the one Kovacic got because we'd been working on that and that gives you strength".
"We must thank the fans for their support. At times some of the booing might upset us. Today they got behind us from start to finish and we must be grateful for that. The players need their support and today we all achieved an important result".
"We didn't afford them many chances, we produced a very disciplined defensive display. The first half was tough because of the way we pressed, but we corrected that later on".
Rivals slip up
"It gives us added motivation because when you see that one of your rivals drops points that makes you even more eager to do the job and that's something we talked about. The most important things was to focus on ourselves and we managed to win".
"We have extended our lead. Our opponents have dropped points and we’re now four points in front. There’ll be difficult times ahead but we must enjoy this victory now".
Whistles aimed at Cristiano?
"I don’t think they whistled him. There may have been some whistling but we have to thank the fans for their support today. We recorded a nice win".
"We hope to have Luka Modric back next week, but I can’t say when, it's the same with James. Gareth is going to take a little longer but he is already training on the field with his boots on and that’s a good sign. We have to take it step by step and to not rush him".
"He is an important player, he is young and every time he plays he tries to do well. Today he scored and I liked his performance. He is a player who can do much more in the future. Having a player of his ability here is important".