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Carvajal: "We want to finish top of the group and it's time to prove it tomorrow night"

NEWS | 26/11/2018 | Alberto Navarro (Roma) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Helios de la Rubia y Toni Villalba

"We've got a tough match ahead of us and now is the perfect time to produce a reaction and fight on all fronts", stated the wing-back.
Dani Carvajal addressed the media gathered inside the Stadio Olimpico press room to preview Tuesday night's clash against Roma (9pm CET kick-off), in which Real Madrid will be looking to secure a spot in the Champions League round of 16: "We've got a tough match ahead of us, it'll be another battle. We want to finish top of the group and it's time to prove it tomorrow night. As the gaffer would say, we'll have to show some guts. We'll must also keep a cool head and show that we know how to manage the games because those are all factors that come together to bring you success".
 
"Football matches are always hard fought and if you don't give your all, anybody can beat you. We all know that we're not getting the best of results, but now is not the time for words, it's time to act. It's time to get out there, we're in November and it's the perfect time to react and fight for everything and that starts tomorrow against tough opponents. We've got to win here and try to start getting some good results."
 
His fitness
"Unfortunately, I had to come on the other day after a teammate got injured. Given that I came on without having warmed up, I felt pretty good out there. We didn't give the best account of ourselves, but on a personal level, I was pleased to be back out on the pitch, which is where I'm at my happiest".
 
Roma
"It'll be a very tough game. We saw how well Roma fared in this competition last year in reaching the semi-finals. It'll be a really tough game against a side that play good football and put a lot of crosses into your box, but we mustn't show any fear. We need to come here and win".

"We're only a few points off top spot in LaLiga and I think that we'll still have a big say in things".

"I imagine that with them being at home and in front of their fans, they'll come out and look to press high up. They'll be keen to prevent us from playing out from the back. I'm not sure what the keys to the game will be, we've got a clear idea of what our weapons are because we've been working on them since Solari came in a few weeks ago and we hope that they prove effective".
 
Pitch
"I haven't seen what state the pitch is in, we've got training now and we'll see what it's like. If the playing surface isn't in good condition it could lead to injuries to players from both team and I hope that it'll be in perfect shape by tomorrow night".
 
Season so far
"We go out to win every game, but sometimes things don't go as you want them to. It's not easy to play for this club, with the level of demands we're under, because every team highlights the game against Madrid on their fixture list. We're only a few points off top spot in LaLiga and I think that we'll still have a big say in things".
 
Coach
"Those comments are a personal opinion and we're all entitled to our opinions. Success often isn't about being the best or the worse. Julen [Lopetegui] isn't here because the results didn't go his way. Solari is now in charge and he's not been here long, but I think that we're going to achieve some big things with him in charge".

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