NEWS | 18/03/2018"The important thing was to win and continue on the good run”, said Nacho.
"I'm happy with how things are going, enjoying getting minutes and playing with confidence. I try to give my all and work hard, paying back the trust placed in me with goals, assists and helping the team win".
"He's on unbelievable form at the moment, he helps the team with his work, with goals and assists. Everyone benefits from it. We’ve got a great squad with great players and the coach has a difficult job to pick eleven. We have to work as hard as possible and he’ll decide who plays".
"Karim was brilliant. He created a lot chances and was involve in a lot of the play. He didn’t have much luck in front of goal today, but if he continues like this, he’ll score lots of goals".
Nacho: "I’m sure the fans have enjoyed it"
"I’m sure the fans have enjoyed it. It was a game with lots of goals, we were comfortable out on the pitch. It's true that we didn’t have much luck from the set pieces, but the important thing was to win and continue with the good run".
"We went 1-0 up and were in control, dominating the game and we then went and conceded. We spoke about it at half-time and made a bright start to the second half. The team performed very well overall and put in a great performance, we bossed possession and created a number of chances".
"This season we're more focused on the Champions League and it's never easy to accept it when you concede. We don't usually concede from set pieces, but today that's how all of their goals were scored. We've now got to continue working on that area of our game".
"Cristiano is unreal. Once again this season he's proving that he's the world's best. He was suspended at the start of the campaign, then he wasn't putting his chances away and that was odd for him, the fact that he wasn't scoring. He's now helping the team and that's really positive for us".
Kovacic: "Nothing is done and dusted just yet"
"We got off to a good start, scoring the goal and I think that we played well, but we simply can't concede three goals like that. It's an issue for us and we'll have to really work on it. We're angry about it but nothing is done and dusted just yet. There are many games left and we won't be throwing the towel in. I was out for three months and I'm fit now and have got back up to pace. We've got to keep it going and come back even stronger after the international break".
Cristiano and Benzema
"We're not surprised by what Cristiano does, he scores goals every single day. He has to be congratulated on it but he's not the only one, because we all had great games. I'm thrilled for him but the most important thing is that the team wins and it doesn't matter who gets the goals. Benzema also put in a good performance. He didn't get his name on the scoresheet, but as I said before, it doesn't matter who scores, the most important thing is that we all work hard and win".
Asensio: "A very complete team performance"
"The only problems that they have caused us have come from set piece. It was a very complete performance from the team, I’m very happy with how we feel and the victory. You've got to look at the whole game and take the positives. As for the negatives, we've got to address the goals we conceded from set pieces, after having conceded one from a dead-ball situation at Éibar too".
"It's always positive when the coach places his trust in you. I feel really comfortable out there and am happy in myself. This is the team we started with today. We put in a great performance and we have to be ready for everything that lies ahead in April, when we've got some really key games".