NEWS | 19/08/2018"We played with intensity and played as a team", said the coach.
"We’re happy that we didn’t give them many chances and that we created a lot. We want the team to attack and defend well. Not conceding is fundamental and it’s a basic in order to compete. Today we got things underway in LaLiga and we have to keep improving because in a week we’ve got a demanding match in Girona, which forces us to keep improving".
"I liked the team’s performance in general and Bale had a very good match. He offers lots of different things, like the other players. We must continue working, the team always comes before individual talent and that goes for Bale too".
Pressing in the opposition half
"It can help us at certain times although each game is different. We want to win back the ball as soon as possible and if we can’t, we have to get back in. That helps us run less and better".
"Working for each other is something we're looking to focus on because we believe that it's the only way for us to improve as a team. If we bring together our collective talent and hard work we'll become a better side, but we've still got a lot of things that we can improve on and continue to work on.
"He's a very experienced lad and he delivered a really good performance tonight. We're delighted that he did so well, both going forward and defensively. His performances make us a better team".
First taste of management in LaLiga
"I'm thrilled that we won the game. LaLiga is a competition that excites us and it's our bread and butter. This is the first step in what's a very long season. We're satisfied with the performance".
"He put in a very worthy display. He's got real character, works hard and is a fine footballer. We're happy because he put in a worthy performance and he'll have his part to play".
"We'll be running with three goalkeepers in the squad. We're delighted with the competition for the goalkeeper's jersey. It's marvellous and I don't see it as a problem, but rather see it as us having several options. We'll make decisions as the season progresses. We're really happy with the performance levels of our goalkeepers".