NEWS | 28/10/2018 | Alberto Navarro (Barcelona)"Madrid have always shown that we never give up on anything", added the Whites' captain.
"In the first half we gave them a 45 minute start and when you do it against an opponent with so much talent, they punishes you. In the second half a different Real Madrid turned up, as a captain I’m the first to show my face and I’m convinced that there’s a lot to come from us. We have to keep growing and improving, that's the mentality that we have to have".
Continuity of Lopetegui
"They are not our decisions. We have always said that we’re 100% behind whoever the coach is and those decisions are made from above and we have to respect them. We'll see what happens in the next few hours. We have to keep calm, not point the finger at anyone and look at ourselves. Respect is earned, it is not imposed".
"Ultimately the way a dressing room is managed is sometimes more important than a manager's technical nous. As a squad we always back the coach to the hilt, but the results determine a coach's fate. We're keeping out of things and will let the hours tick by".
"I've won league titles in seasons when we've been more than 10 points adrift. It's a question of either giving up or holding your head up high, but the key to success is hard work and Madrid have always shown that we never give up on anything and that poor runs of form can be halted".
"A game of football is all about phases during the match and the way we played was different to our initial plan. In the first 45 minutes we dropped deep and as players we've got to be self-critical and accept responsibility for what happened out there. We had the chances to have levelled. In the second half we did some good things but when we conceded the third our heads dropped and opponents who're so talented on the counter-attack end up punishing you".