Girona - Real Madrid

Lopetegui: "I want to highlight the team's mental strength"

NEWS | 26/08/2018 | Alberto Navarro (Girona)

"We conceded the opening goal but showed character to regain a foothold", added the Whites' boss.
Julen Lopetegui addressed the media following on from his side's win over Girona, with the Whites' boss reflecting on the game at Montilivi in the following terms: "I want to highlight our mentality, because things got off to a tough start, with our opponents playing really well and Portu, in particularly, at the heart of things. They went ahead and could have scored a second, but the players showed character to regain a foothold. I have to highlight the mental strength to overcome adversity because every game is completely different and that'll continue to be the case".

"When you're involved in tough games, like tonight's, your mentality is what has to carry you through. In the opening 45 minutes we also did some good things, but we were rushing things in attack and afforded them chances. We improved after the break".

Keylor Navas
"It's not a situation that's easy to understand but it's simple enough to explain. I've got some really good options in goal and there are no problems in that area. We'll decide what's best for each game. Keylor got the nod today and did very well. There's great competition and that makes us stronger in the goalkeeping department. I've got some thoughts in my mind, but I'm not going to share them. Over the course of the season, I'll look for solutions for to solve the next immediate challenge".


"Girona are a great side with players who have been together for some time now. In the first half they had a chance to get a second goal and really made things tough for us”.
Marcelo substitution
"We wanted to tighten things up down that side and focus on being good in the air, an area the opposition are very good in".

Varane and Modric
"They came back into the fold slightly later on and we have alternatives, other players competing. That's always important”.

"He has a stellar future ahead of him, both personally and professionally. He is sure to be a tremendous talent".