NEWS | 06/01/2019"VAR is there to be able to consult if there is no certainty. If not, there’s no reason for it to exist", said the coach.
"We don’t talk to the referees. There are incidents that look obvious live and we believe that VAR is there for that, to be able to consult it if there is no certainty. We believe that is the intention that exists with technology and VAR. If not, there’s no reason for it to exist. We’re human and we make mistakes, but one thing is if we make a mistake, we can’t review the evidence, but if there’s the possibility to review the evidence and we don’t, it’s difficult to understand".
"Players grow over time, with training, matches and maturity. Vinicius has been a joy for the club since he arrived, even in his matches with Castilla. He’s been here for four months, he’s 18 years old and he’s already scored a goal in the Club World Cup final. His progress has been faster than expected".
"This is football. We had a serious distraction that cost us a goal and that punishes you hard. Professional football is not kind when it comes to distractions. Then, we did everything possible to turn the result around despite the difficulties, the possible penalties and the sending off, but it’s no consolation".
His team talk
"We compete to win, we always compete for that. We never underestimate the competition, we don’t underestimate anything or anyone. Fighting to win, compete and no underestimating anyone is the winning character. We have shown character throughout the match, despite the adversities. There is no consolation because we lost, but I saw character and it would be unforgivable not to see that character".