NEWS | 06/03/2018 | Javier García (Paris) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Antonio Villalba/Helios de la Rubia"They all produced great performances and it wasn't easy out there. We deserve to reach the next round", declared the Real Madrid boss.
"I don't think that PSG performed poorly in the tie. They did well in the first leg and perhaps tonight they didn't do quite as well because of what was a very good display from us. The sending-off changed the whole complexion of the game. We then scored our second and things became tougher for them".
Praise for Lucas and Asensio
"It was important for us to have two banks of four and defend well against their wide players. Lucas is in fine form, as is Marco. They're all performing well at the moment, but particularly those two. They both started the game and they did really well. I have to pick a side every three days and I went with these players tonight".
“I’m here to prepare for the game. We delivered the match we were hoping for from a tactical perspective and ultimately the players are convinced by what we are doing in order to win the games. That’s the key, the belief in what we’re doing”.
Returns of Kroos and Modric
“If they’re on the bench it’s because they’re 100% fit. Then it’s up to me to pick the team, taking into consideration several factors. I pick a starting XI and then we’ve got players who can come on later in the game. We put in a great performance, showed good discipline and pressed high up. They evaded that pressure at times, but I liked the fact that we were committed to playing in the opposition' shalf. We made life difficult for them by playing so high up”.
“Every player is important here. I’ve got the utmost respect for all the players and Gareth is no different. He didn’t play from the start in the first leg, or tonight, but I’ve got to pick a team. He’s a crucial player for us who provides a real attacking threat, and that will always be the case. We’ve got an awful lot of games and I have to pick the starting line-up, so everyone must be ready to play”.
“We’ve had difficult spells in LaLiga and in the Copa del Rey, but that’s part of football. It’s difficult to perform to the same standard every three days. We’ve got to take those difficult moments over the course of the season on the chin and keep working hard. We can’t win them all. We’ve done so tonight and we’re pleased, but now we have to focus on Saturday’s game against Éibar and it’s important to win that one as well”.