NEWS | 04/03/2017“It was a difficult place to go but we started well and scored three goals in half an hour”, he added in the media room.
“We brought a few players in who haven't played so much recently and they did a great job. I'm pleased with our reaction and the way we played the game. They could have hurt us from set pieces but we showed great concentration and I'm happy with how we've responded”.
The team's response
“Over the course of the season there are times when we'll be up against it and perhaps play not so well, that's normal during the campaign. My team cannot play well in every game. Today, we showed real intensity and respect for the opposition. We started really strongly, with good pace, and that's important at a ground like this. This is a long-run thing, there are still a lot of games to come and this is a great sign for us”.
"We knew that it would be a difficult game, especially in the air and with winning the second balls. They play a more direct game here and we've handled it well. We were good with the ball and also on the counterattack. We scored early and that made things easier".
Praise for Benzema
"I’m happy with his performance, his two goals and more importantly his involvement in all four goals. I’m happy for him and everyone’s performance really. We did very well. Now we have to rest and start preparing for Tuesday's game".
Ovation for Modric
"It’s not normal to receive an ovation away from home. We’re happy, he’s a fundamental player for us. He manages the game really well. Off the field, he’s an example, he's very professional and his teammates really appreciate him".
"I’m happy with his performance. It’s not easy when you’re not playing often. He played as if he’s been involved every three days. I’m happy with his goal and his performance. He's happy, too".