Rueda de prensa de Carvajal

Carvajal: "Dortmund will demand the utmost of us and we'll need to perform to our best"

NEWS | 25/09/2017 | Alberto Navarro (Dortmund)

"We're in confident mood and hope to return to Madrid with the three points", declared the Whites' defender.
Dani Carvajal spoke to the media with just over 24 hours to go before Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund (Tuesday, 8:45pm CEST), with the Real Madrid defender offering his thoughts on the team's second Champions League group stage fixture: "I've never managed to win a game here against this really competitive side. Dortmund will demand the utmost of us and we'll need to perform to our best if we're to take the three points. We come here knowing that it's an important game because we can take a big step towards qualifying for the last 16".

"It's a special, important game and one that we all want to be involved in. This is a great setting and you don't need any motivating for the game. The team will stand up and be counted and we're in good shape. We've slipped up because we haven't been clinical enough, not for any other reason. The important thing is to keep on creating the chances because they'll eventually go in. The team is confident and really excited. We're all pulling in the same direction and we offer each other lots of encouragement. We've all had chances to score and not put them away. We need time to perform to our best and there are no question marks within the camp.

Fitness levels
"I'm playing a lot but I'm in perfect shape, am raring to go and am fitter than ever. You can pick up an injury at any given time and last year, when we rotated the team a lot, I got injured in the Champions League semi-final. Zidane is very cautious and when you're in the slightest bit of pain he leaves you out. I'm ready to give 200%".

It's a real spectacle to see Cristiano Ronaldo score goals and lead by example in each training session. 

"Nobody has any doubts about Cristiano Ronaldo. I'm lucky enough to be able to enjoy watching him in every training session and it's a real spectacle to see him score goals and lead by example. Whenever he goes a month without scoring he then shuts everyone up by going on to get  a lot of goals".

Lack of competition
"Achraf is a lad who picks things up very quickly and there's clearly a reason why the gaffer has decided to bring him here. He'll be a great player, but competition doesn't make me a better player. I don't need competition from anybody, I myself am my best competition".

Handing the opposition a lot of chances
"I don't know why this is the case, if I knew, I'd tell the gaffer. It's something that we've got to correct and it's a blot on our copybook, but we're still at the start of the season and we'll tighten up at the back and the points will be easier to come by if we stop conceding goals".

Maximilian Philip
"He's performing really well and is a great player, the whole Borussia Dortmund squad is full of top players. Let's hope that he has an off day tomorrow".