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Carvajal: “We were ahead for practically the whole match”

NEWS | 03/01/2019 | Alberto Navarro | PHOTOGRAPHER: Antonio Villalba

"We controlled the game in many moments", added Courtois.
Real Madrid got a hard-fought point against Villarreal in their first clash of 2019 and Carvajal spoke about the team: "We had some real chances to finish the game and make it 1-3, but in the end, we drew and dropped two points. We needed those three points to close the gaps on the leader. Now we need to keep working hard and rack up some points. This is not an easy place to come play. We're disappointed because we were ahead for practically the whole match and not winning really stings."
"We knew that they would have to push forward and leave the defence open. Before finishing with a draw, we had two massive chances to kill it off, we did not finish and they nicked a goal at the end.”

Courtois: "We had some chances to kill off the tie"        We had issues at the back and that cost us a goal. We had the lion’s share of possession, we controlled the game in many moments and we into Villarreal’s box more than they did ours."

Lucas: "We let it slip with a lapse in concentration".

"Now we have to think about Sunday and really try to win it. We have trained well over the last few days and we were ready for the match. We started a badly with an error and a goal, but then we got back into it. We missed great chances in the one-on-one and that was the game finished."

Lucas: “We didn’t have time to react”
"We head home angry because it was a game we wanted to win and we let it slip with a lapse in concentration. The game was going how we wanted it to at 1-2, and they levelled with 82 minutes gone. We didn’t have time to react and we go away with a bitter taste in our mouths having dropped two points. We struggled to play through their press in the second half and so we were sat deeper and they got a chance and scored their goal".
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"Given this team’s recent history, we deserve to retain people’s faith in us. We’re going to give it our all like we do every year and come the end, I’m sure we’ll achieve great things. We’ve got another game on Sunday to do the best we can".