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Carvajal: "There's still a long way to go in the LaLiga season and we've got to be optimistic"

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NEWS | 01/03/2017 | Bárbara Jiménez

The wing-back made his 100th LaLiga appareance, whilst James now has a century of Real Madrid appearances to his name.
Dani Carvajal made his 100th LaLiga appearance for Real Madrid in the home clash against UD Las Palmas, a game which he reflected on in the following terms: "Towards the end we poured forward in a bit of a desperate attempt to try and complete the fightback for our fans. We managed to take a point, which keeps our destiny in our own hands. The two halves were very different. In the first half, as a team, our pressing didn't work and Las Palmas were spot on with their passing between the lines".

"After the break, we came out with more focus but the game-changing decision on the sending-off made it a real uphill struggle and then the penalty was awarded against us. We knew that Las Palmas were a side that linked up very well, with quick players who move you around a lot up top. They really made us track back in defence and that took it out of us physically".

Next matchday
"We've got to be optimistic. On Saturday we face a very tough game at Éibar and we've got to go there and be positive, knowing that there's still a long way to go in the LaLiga season".

Carvajal's LaLiga stats
Of the youth-team graduate's100 games in this competition, 46 have come at the Bernabéu and 54 were away from home. He has played his part in 71 league wins and scored two goals. His best LaLiga campaign in terms of appearances came in 2013/14 season, when he featured 31 times. This term he has played 17 games to date, with Madrid having come out on top in 10 of these.

James: 100 competitive games for Real Madrid
The Colombian has hit this milestone in his third season with the Whites, during which time he was amassed 76 wins and 29 goals. His 100 games are spread across six competitions: LaLiga (67), Champions League (19), Copa del Rey (8), Spanish Super Cup (2), Club World Cup (2) and UEFA Super Cup (2). The season in which he played the most games was the 2014/15 campaign, when he racked up 46 appearances.