NEWS | 26/02/2017 | Alberto Navarro“We worked and battled hard as a team and ultimately we managed to get the win”, explained Marcelo.
"The reaction from the team was very good. After conceding two goals, we went in search of the three points to keep us top. The first half was more difficult, but in the second we controlled the game better, we had more possession and created quite a few chances".
"It's going to be very difficult, last year we were playing for the league right up until the very end and this year it looks like it’s going to be the same. Any team we come up against will try to make it very difficult for us. We want to keep picking up three points in order to win the title. Fortunately it’s in our hands and we’re focused on continuing to improve".
Isco and Morata
"We have to congratulate them, they came on and contributed and brought things to the team. Although they play fewer minutes they must have the mentality that they’re helping the team and they know that competition is good. That's how they have to respond".
"That’s the bad piece of news from tonight. He is a friend who has suffered for many years with very serious injuries and hopefully he’ll recover as soon as possible and won’t pick up any more".
"I don't believe that the referees attempt to give or take anything away from you, quite the opposite, they try to be fair. First and foremost it's about the football and today the better team won. Villarreal produced a very good first-half performance, but Madrid were the better side after the break".
Marcelo: "You've got to highlight the commitment from all of my teammates"
"We didn't give up on the game and everyone worked and battled hard as a team and ultimately we managed to get the win. It’s important to highlight the commitment from all of my teammates".
"We came up against a great team. There are no easy games and we knew it was going to be very difficult, but we didn’t expect to concede two goals. There’s a lot of pressure on us in every game we play regardless of the results of the other teams".
Carvajal: "Our performance in the last half an hour was fantastic"
"We fought right to the end and our performance in the last half an hour was fantastic. We were in deep trouble at 2-0 down, but everyone gave their all and ultimately things worked out for us. It was extremely important to take the three points today and we showed determination and courage to get them. We knew that the game was slipping away from us and we all gave our all to get the win".
"Their goals came off second balls and that's something we need to work on and we'll take a look at the video coverage to improve on that. We've picked up the three points, but we need to use this game to ensure that we don't concede more goals, because we're not always going to be able to produce comebacks".
"I think that the ball hits Bruno's hand and the referee is the one who has to decide whether it's a penalty. The LaLiga season is a very long one and sometimes the decisions go for you, and at other times they go against you. At the end of the day, the most consistent team is the one that ends up winning the LaLiga title".
LaLiga title race
"Barcelona did what they needed to do by going to a very difficult place and winning, but it's in our hands and if we win all of games, we'll be champions".