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Benzema: “It was a great night”

NEWS | 15/02/2017

"We played with real intensity and this is a good result”, stated Varane.
Karim Benzema netted Real Madrid's first goal against Napoli and speaking at the final whistle he sought to highlight the team's display: "It was a great night and all of us put in a great performance. I'm really proud and happy with my display today. I now feel very good and after scoring the first goal, I felt that the fans were with me, that's really important for your confidence".

"Since a young age, I've lived with criticism. I work hard and sometimes you score a lot of goals and on other occasions you don't. I'm not a striker who always wants to score, I like to do my bit for the team and that's why I work so hard in training. I enjoyed myself today, I got my goal and it was a game with a lot of action".

"We know that we're here at Madrid, the best club in the world and the fans always support me. At times, it's to be expected that I come in for criticism, but I'm always here trying to help the team. We're all very happy because we put in a good performance and we're now looking to continue on in this vein in LaLiga.

Varane: “We played with a lot of intensity"
"We wanted to win to go into the return leg in a good position and it'll be a tough game. We made a very good start, despite conceding the goal and we played with a lot of intensity. The team delivered a great performance. We knew that we'd have to be really focused throughout the 90 minutes, because they're strong opponents, and we managed to do that. This is a good result".

James: "It was a deserved win"

“After conceding we couldn't give up, we needed to keep going and we did well. We had a lot of chances and at the start of the second half we scored goals and that helped us to control the game”.
Second leg in Naples
“We need to go into it as if the tie was a 0-0. If we sit back, they have the quality to score goals and make life hard for us. we have to get stuck into the game, attack and play our own football”.
James: “It was an excellent game”
“We scored three goals against tough rivals it was a deserved win. I helped us to win, it is not always a case of scoring goals and giving assists, and the Bernabéu recognises my contributions. I am doing well, at the top of my game, and it was a great match from the whole team”.
The game in Italy
“In the Champions we all know you can't relax and we came out strong. We still have the game there to go, it is a tough stadium to play in and we can't relax because they have great players. We have to go to Naples with intensity and fight”.