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Casemiro: “The whole team played brilliantly”

NEWS | 18/03/2017

“We had to put pressure on our rivals ahead of the international break”, said Carvajal.
Casemiro scored the winning goal at San Mamés and underlined the Whites' attitude: “We're pleased with how we played and happy to have won. It was a difficult, tough game and we got three important points. Every single player had a great game”.

“It is vital that we keep on growing, we won against a solid team, but we must continue to work hard and rack up the points. We are growing bit by bit and let's not forget this is the same group of players that won the Undécima. I ask that the fans keep supporting us as we are working hard to win everything we can”.

“I know what my duties in the team are and that's not scoring goals because there are more gifted players than me playing further forward. Having said that, if I can score, then all the better. It is practically impossible for us to lose given the quality we have, but you have to value the hard work the team puts in and if we keep going it is likely we will win titles”.

“Those three players are not typically defensive but they put in a tremendous day's work today. With those three players up top, we have such great quality”.

Carvajal: “April will be an incredibly demanding month, we’ll have it all to play for". 

“I didn’t want to be out the team for the next game because at Real Madrid anyone can come in and take your spot if you give them the chance”.

Carvajal: “It was a hard-fought game"
“There’s a long way to go in LaLiga but it’s an important win. It’s another three points and one game less to play. We knew Athletic were going to push use all the way and it was a hard-fought game. We’re going into the international break now and it’s good to put the pressure on our rivals”.

How the game unfolded
“There were several stages. We were very good in the first half but then they put us under pressure and got a goal back. Then, after Casemiro’s goal, we coped very well”.

Fixture list
“We’ve still got some really difficult away games, against teams who will be fighting for their lives, and any of them can take points off you. April will be an incredibly demanding month, we’ll have it all to play for. That’s great and I’m sure Madrid will respond well”.

Navas and Benzema
“Keylor has won us a lot of points. He’s made mistakes like any other player but we’re human and the important thing is that we stick together because he’s a fantastic goalkeeper. As for Benzema, his numbers show you how crucial he is for us. I hope he can continue to score many more goals”