Leganés - Real Madrid

Casemiro: “We need to improve but we got through and that is what counts”

NEWS | 16/01/2019

"We have had a lot of injuries this year but we have a long way to go”, stated Nacho.
After the Whites got into the quarter-final of the Copa del Rey by seeing off Leganés, Casemiro spoke to the press: “We lost the game but qualified, that's what we wanted. If we talk about how we played, we lacked depth in the first half but got better in the second. We controlled the pace, their fans were boisterous but we had the game under control. We know there are no easy games, now we are concentrating on the weekend”.

“We always play to win, we are not in a good place, let's be honest, but we're working hard. We're in the Champions League quarter-finals, a bit far behind in LaLiga and now we're into the next round of the Copa del Rey. Now whatever happens we just have to win, regardless of who we face”.
“Everyone knows we are honest, we need to improve and this club pushes you to get better. We are in the toughest league in the world, we need to show our rivals respect, but with hard work you always get results. We are going to keep working, show our grit and let's see what we can do”.

Nacho: “The aim was to qualify”
“We did not have the ideal first half, but we got through and that's what we wanted. Real Madrid are still in two competitions and we need to fight for LaLiga till the last. When you lose you know there is room for improvement. We have had a lot of injuries this year and we're not playing our best, something is amiss. We have a long way to go. These past years have been the best in Real Madrid history, it is hard to match that, never mind top it”.

Cristo: "Solari trusts me and is giving me the chances, which I try to make the most of".

Vinicius has got everything it takes to be a success in the game. If he surrounds himself with good people and doesn't get carried away, he's got tremendous qualities and can be a really key player for us".

"He's a very important player for Real Madrid and continues to work hard to get back out there and display the confidence we all need, he's got the backing of the whole squad. We need Isco to be at his best, and the same goes for all of our players".

Cristo: "Solari trusts me"
"We're working hard to come away feeling good about our performances and improve in the areas where we didn't do so well. Every team, even those that always win, have some aspects in which they can improve and that's what we should be looking to do. Everyone has got their own playing style out on the pitch and I try and do what the coach asks of me. I look to make the runs that are expected of a striker. The gaffer trusts me and is giving me the chances and I try to make the most of them. I hope that Benzema is back and fit soon, it's in everyone's best interests". 
Vinicius and Isco
"It's easy to get along with top players, it's an honour to be with them and to be playing for the first team. In Isco's case, they're decisions that aren't taken by the players. I get on well with everyone and am not involved in all of that. I'm certain that it'll all work out well in the end".