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Kroos: “It is a good result and we have to give 100% in the away leg”

NEWS | 15/02/2017

“The team played to the level required for the Champions League and our opposition”, added Ramos.
Real Madrid beat Napoli in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie, in a game which Kroos summed up as follows: “It is always great to score, but even better to win. We played well and that is also important. We put the pressure on, played high up and came out of it well. It is a good result but we still have the away leg to play. We have to give 100% and we all know that we must work hard because they’re a tough team”.

“We want to remain at the top of LaLiga. Barcelona are just a point behind and we have to win every game left this season”.
Ramos: “The team were up for it”
“The aim, to get a good result, was what we managed to do. The team played to the level required for the Champions League and our opposition. We did things well, although we could have used another goal to go into the away leg a little more comfortable. We have the away leg to go and we need to go into it with the same amount of focus”.

Away leg
“There will be great atmosphere in their stadium, the Italian fans are passionate. As a player, I love playing in such atmospheres where the team are cheered to the end. I've never played there so I'm raring to go”.

Marcelo: "We need to go to Naples and show the same intensity levels as we did tonight"

"We showed intensity as we dominated and controlled the game. The result was a fair one. There was really high intensity to our play and that's positive. James featured today, he came in and was raring to show he can do and ultimately competition is one of the keys to success".

Maradona's visit
"It fills us with pride, he's one of the game's greats and whenever there are visitors like him it's always adds something".

Four-man defence
"The coach is the one who makes the decision and it's his job to study the opposition and work out which system will allow us to cause the most damage. We try to adjust as best as possible to what he asks of us".

Marcelo: "We haven't won anything yet"
"We went out with real determination, which is what the boss asked for. We gave our all until the end. We fought from start to finish. We put in a great performance, I think that we've got a slight advantage for the return leg, but we haven't won anything yet. We need to go there and show the same intensity levels as we did today".