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Asensio: “VAR ensured justice was served with my goal"

NEWS | 22/09/2018

“It was a great win and the team's attitude was crucial”, stated Varane.
Marco Asensio spoke to the press out on the pitch at the Santiago Bernabéu following the team’s win over Espanyol. The scorer of the winning goal reflected: "We were up against a great side after all the effort we put in to the Champions League in midweek. We performed well in the first half but in the second it was pretty clear that fatigue set in after Wednesday. We’re delighted with the three points".

"We moved the ball better before the break and then afterwards we lacked a bit of patience and fell into the trap of trying to go a bit too direct. The most important thing is the three points, and 1-0 is the same as 3-0”.

His goal
"It fell to me from a block and I saw where the defender was standing. I told Mateu that I thought it was a goal and luckily that’s how it turned out. It’s great because VAR worked, it ensured justice was served".

Odriozola’s debut
"Odriozola and Mariano have come into the group brilliantly and you can see how good they are straight away. I’m sure they’re going to help us an awful lot".

Asensio: "I know Odriozola and Mariano will really help us".

"We’re off to play Sevilla and that will be a real challenge, they press high up. We’ll be looking for the win though".

Varane: "It was tough but we were united"
“We had to really suffered, but we were united, we did not concede and it was a good win. They defend well as a unit with real intensity. Espanyol really took the game to us and it was a hard-fought win”.

“Mistakes can happen in football. It happened a lot last season and we want to make it happen as little as possible this time around. The important thing is the group’s attitude, we are always ambitious, looking to move forward, that is what the coach asks and we try to do it on the pitch as best we can”.

No goals conceded
“Espanyol really put us under the cosh, but you can’t win 5-0 every week. We have a LaLiga campaign ahead that will be complicated, there are a lot of games to be played. We are a united group and we want to win titles. It is important that we press well and do not concede”.

Courtois: “I am happy with the win”
"It was a tough game after the Champions League, but I am thrilled with the win. Now we have two very tense matches against top sides, but we are feeling ready. We do not want to drop any more points. We are a solid team and we have some real talent here. I feel in good shape, I am enjoying it and I am working well with the rest of my teammates. The Bernabéu is an amazing stadium and I love the fans’ support".