NEWS | 26/02/2018 | Alberto Navarro"We have to go out strong and play well to keep our good run going", added the coach.
"In the end we know what football is like and we want to keep our good run going, playing good football. To do that we have to go out in every game and do the same: go out strong, play well, think about our goal and defend when we don’t have the ball. We have to start from scratch and we want to play well at a difficult ground".
"He is the best captain this team could have. Everyone can give their opinion but doubting Ramos at this club and in this team is a bit disrespectful. We know what Sergio is about and his teammates also know. He’s a leader, he’s always shown that, and people love him here. He’s our captain. How can we debate these things, like Gareth’s penalty in Leganés. We know who we have here and our captain is loved by all madridistas. He’s amazing".
Will Carvajal look for the fifth yellow card?
"I don’t care if you look at him with a magnifying glass. I don’t want him to get a card. I want him to stay on four cards until the end. We’ll see how we manage him in the next two games because there are a lot of players who can play in that position. We'll see how we manage it".
"We have a great goalkeeper, very professional, and he really wants to be here. He deserves to be here. He’s done well and won a lot here. I can understand that other players are spoken about from the outside, but I’ll not talk about the future. I'm interested in tomorrow's game. We’re all happy with what we have here".
"Cristiano knows himself very well and we always talk to him. It’s very important to always have Cristiano at the top level. He knows that from time to time he has to rest and that’s it. The season is very long and he’s also a player who will play in the World Cup at the end of the season. You may think that players don’t think about that and it may be true, but unconsciously it’s in their heads. I know because I've experienced it. The World Cup is the World Cup".
"It is a pleasure for a player to know that there are a lot of important matches coming up and then there is a World Cup, which is played every four years. The World Cup has nothing to do with this being a difficult season for us".
The injured players
"They’re recovering and they’re working hard even if not right now. They’re working hard in a specific way and we’ll see what’ll happen with the three of them. Vallejo has been injured for a longer time and we want to get the four back as soon as possible. I don’t like to pressure the players. They’re always timeframes and there is no need to push things and take risks. We'll see throughout the week if anyone can re-join the group. I’m optimistic".
"He looks good to me, like always and he feels better in himself every day. The other day he had a great game. He scored and was involved in play and in the match. He’s done very well".
The role of the non-regulars
"For me there are no small games and there are things and situations in which you have to use one idea and another idea in another game. Everyone wants to play against PSG more than against other teams in the league, that goes without saying but if we think that way we’re wrong. The important thing is to feel that you have an important role in the team and if you play in 30 matches you have taken part in winning the league. Morata participated very well and did very well. That’s what every player must be thinking".
"I don’t like to see player injured and it doesn’t make me happy. I hope he’s available for this match because I never want an opponent to be injured. I didn’t like it when he got injured because I was watching the game and I hope it's not too bad. If he doesn’t play there’ll be another player in his place and he’ll be motivated and ready to play".