NEWS | 09/02/2018 | Alberto Navarro | PHOTOGRAPHER: Ángel Martínez“We can still do big things this season”, added the Real Madrid coach.
“We need to do what we know we're capable of for 90 minutes. We want to pick up points in LaLiga and close the gap on the leaders, without letting our minds drift to Wednesday's game. We've worked on all the necessary elements for tomorrow during the week and we hope we can put them into practice on the pitch. We believe we can still do big things this season”.
A demanding February
“It's the way it is and from Wednesday onwards we'll have to face up to it. It's great because we want to play. We've had two weeks to do a bit more work and now the games are coming thick and fast and it's great to be playing because that's exactly what the players want”.
Praise for Cristiano Ronaldo
“He's an exceptional player and it's true that there has been a spell when he's not scored so many goals, but he's always proven that he turns up at the crucial moments, he's a real big game player”.
Message to the fans
“We want them to get behind us and we believe they'll respond and be with us to the end whatever happens”.
“I don't know that there's a lack of respect for my team. All I'm interested in is working hard. I can't control what people are saying. Sometimes things don't go as we'd like them to but we know who we are and during tough spells we have to keep going, working hard and thinking positively. We know the weapons we possess and everything can change very quickly”.
Lack of consistency
“We played well against Deportivo and Valencia. Consistency has been the problem. You might slip up over the course of a season but we've still got a challenge awaiting us and we'll do all we can. We believe we can do great things and that's all I care about. I want my players to go out and play, be aggressive in the best possible sense, defend, battle hard. That's what we train for when we prepare for matches”.
“It's a mix of several things. When things go well it's a combination of many elements, and the same is true the other way. We're just trying to find some consistency, we've not won seven or eight games in a row. We're missing some good performances and we can turn this around because we're more than capable”.
“A while back you were asking me why he hadn't signed. I believe in my team and will do so until the end. I put my all into everything I do and I believe in it wholeheartedly. I want him to spend his entire career here and that won't change. He's a superb player and he's shown that, it's not true we want to sell him. Every member of this squad is crucial. We have so many games and I'll have to call on all of them. I'm the one with the difficult job of picking the team”.
Champions League tie with PSG
“We're going to give it our all. Nobody knows what will happen on Wednesday but we want to see a good performance. We know it'll be tough but we're not worried. These are the kinds of games players love to be involved in”.
Carvajal's Champions League suspension
“Whatever I say, it won't change anything, so I'll keep it to myself. I'm not going to waste my time on this”.
“We're all in the same boat and we know we all rely on one another. We can all do more for the team, him included. We live by what we do out on the pitch”.
Copa del Rey final venue
“I'm not bothered where it's played. I'm interested in tomorrow's game and anything else is irrelevant”.