NEWS | 06/03/2018 | Javier García (Paris) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Antonio Villalba/Helios de la Rubia"This competition is special to us and we put in a great performance", stated Asensio.
"We asserted ourselves by showing real character and once again enjoyed our football. This Madrid team has rediscovered the vibes that have brought us so much joy. It's now a question of keeping it up, we're happy to have progressed but haven’t done anything yet".
Preparation for the game
"The way in which the coach approached the game was really good, we had prepared for the match and our high press did some damage as we regained possession in their half several times. They afforded us some space and we made the most of that and were rather fortunate in front of goal".
"Never is it comfortable, even if it may look that way. The game was played a great tempo, it was a really physical battle and you can never rest on your laurels. We looked to continue causing them problems and the Verratti sending-off saw us increase our dominance of the play. You've got to look at what was a fine collective effort".
"That's what the coach is for and he's the one who makes the decisions and knows who's best suited to every situation. We have to adapt to that".
“It's nice to see the defensive work being singled out and it was important to transmit that balance and assurance today. I hope we can keep it up because that's what this competition calls for, it's the ideal route for us to follow”.
Asensio: "It was a great performance from the whole team"
"I'm very pleased that we're through to the quarter-finals. The coach asked me to do a job defensively and to play with freedom in attack. Everyone put in a great performance and I'm delighted with how things went".
“It’s a team game and we all won out there today. This is a special competition for us, we’re thrilled to be in the quarter-finals and now we’ll wait to find out who we'll face”.
“The coach believes in all of us and he’s shown that today. He’s not bothered about names, we’re all a team and we win and lose together. We all have to pull in the same direction, that’s the basis of any successful team”.
Kovacic: "This club was born to win things"
“It wasn’t easy, we did a good job and we’re thrilled with the result. We worked hard and prepared well for the game. We stood strong, scored the first goal, and that was crucial. I think they had more of the ball, played hard and ran a lot, but we’re a tough side to beat as well. I’ve been here for three years and it’s true that we up our game when we play in the Champions League. This club was born to win things”.