Real Madrid - Viktoria Plzen

Valverde makes competitive Real Madrid debut

NEWS | 23/10/2018

"I'm happy to have made my debut and that we got the win, which was the important thing", stated the midfielder.
Valverde made his competitive debut for Real Madrid in the Champions League Matchday 3 group-stage encounter, which ended in a 2-1 win over Viktoria Plzen. The Santiago Bernabéu faithful witnessed the Uruguayan's first minutes of competitive action, after he entered the fray in the 54th minute in place of Isco. Speaking at the full-time whistle, the youth-team product said: "I'm happy at having made by debut. We got the win, which was important, and coming on and being involved in the goal is a bonus".

"We've beaten a side that also like to play and have their strengths, that's why there are times when things don't work out perfectly. The gaffer asked me to help the team out in defence and be another body in attack. Sometimes you can't win games 4-0, but the important thing is that we got the three points ahead of what's the most special game of all. Next Sunday we have a very tough game, it's a Clásico that everyone wants to be involved in and we have to win it".

“The coach helps and advises us, and we support his decisions. We are united and if we don’t get a result it's partly down to our oppositions’ quality. Hopefully Marcelo's injury isn't anything serious because we need him".