NEWS | 28/09/2018 | Javier García | PHOTOGRAPHER: Helios de la Rubia"We're on the right line and we'll give our best against Atlético", added the coach.
"I expect an even game, very demanding and tough. You have to compete, as well as playing well. My team is going to be ready for the kind of match we have tomorrow. We’re up against a good side, a team set up for big games that has great players. We expect that the game will be played at the highest level and we’ll be prepared to match those levels".
A day less to prepare for the derby
"I don’t take in to account the day less. Our motivation and desire are more important than that. The team didn’t have a good first half in Sevilla, but we’re working on the right line and we’re convinced that we’ll be in line for the rest of the season and give our best. Our energy and motivation will make us have a good game".
Motivation in LaLiga
"The reality is that the team is motivated and keen to win LaLiga and is very well set up to do so. There’s a long way to go, but we’re candidates for the title. It’ll be a tough and a long season for everyone. My players are highly motivated, that’s for sure".
"When you wear this shirt, every match is special for the coach and the players. Tomorrow is no exception, every match is very important".
Emotional and sporting aspect
"Everything goes fast in football, wins and defeats. Everything has to be left behind quickly, because now we have a massive challenge in the shape of a derby against Atlético. Just as we don’t stop when we win, we’ll not stop at defeats either. We have just enough time to prepare for the next match, which will be a special, a big challenge".
"The warm-up we did today is something we’ve done before. Some warm-ups are more playful than others and there is nothing abnormal. The LaLiga season is long, there’ll be difficult moments. We’re in a situation where we aspire to what we want. We’re focused on a special, attractive and demanding game that we’re playing at home, where we’re sure that we’ll have the support, drive and energy that the Bernabéu gives to the team in these games".
"The team is fine. We have a match every three days and, logically, we have had to respond. The second half against Sevilla backed it up. We talk about the physical side a lot when there are other footballing circumstances that happen in matches".
Lack of goals
"The data has to be analysed in a more global manner. The team has created a lot of chances, also in the recent games, and we’ll continue to do so. Real Madrid are always a goal-scoring team".
"I’m happy with the performance of the team, in the league you have good and bad moments. The general analyses will be made later. We’ve only played six games. But I'm happy with the dynamics, the attitude and the work of the team".
Your emotional state
"I'm fine and ready. In football everything goes fast. The coach's life is like that, victories and defeats are short-lived and we’re now focused on tomorrow's game. We don’t think about what might happen in the game, just prepare the team to compete tomorrow. We know the connotations that the derby has".
Different level in matches
"During the season there are different moments. Playing every three days shapes it, there are games that come out better than others. But the dynamics of the team are good. We’re well placed in the league and we started the Champions League well. Tomorrow we want to add three more points. We won against Roma, semi-finalist in the Champions League. The team is ready to beat any team".
Desire for revenge in the derby
"No, there is a desire to have a good match, make our fans happy and win the derby. The motivation is the same, even if the Super Cup had not existed".