NEWS | 08/02/2019 | Javier García | PHOTOGRAPHER: Helios de la Rubia“We're on a good run and it's a pleasure to see the players train with this commitment, desire and focus”, added the coach.
“Vinicius Jr. is upset, it's his home so it's to be expected. It's very sad news for everyone, especially for the people directly involved and their families, we send them our condolences”.
“The opposition plays intense, tactical and energetic football. We'll have to show all of our intensity, energy and good football in response and take charge from the first moment of the game. We have to go out to compete with all of our weapons from minute one”.
“We work hard every day to fine-tune the balance between tactics, physical and mental elements, and to apply it in every game. The players work in a very disciplined manner to achieve it”.
Morata and celebrating a goal
“Respect for your opposition has nothing to do with expressing yourself based on your own performance”.
“Isco left training with some discomfort in his back and we'll assess him this evening. I have always answered any question asked of me at all my press conferences and I'm always available to respond to you”.
“A professional footballer's job is to train at 100% to be ready to do his bit for the team. The team is in great shape, everyone is working very hard and showing commitment in every session to ensure this group takes the game to the opposition every week, just as we're showing”.
“All the players are thinking about the team and they're all very committed. You can see that in training and in games. We're on a very good run at this stage of the season. Marcos is our only absentee, he's had a problem with his abductor muscle since the other day and we hope he's back ready soon”.
“It's great to be at this stage with such good feeling around the place, the fixtures are increasingly exciting and we face numerous challenges. The most present one is a huge game which will be very hard-fought. We have to go into the game just as focused as we've been in recent matches, ready to give it everything we've got to put in a performance like we gave against Barcelona, Girona, Sevilla… With the same hunger, energy and good football”.
“Comparisons are pointless. I respect and admire Cholo. We were teammates for the national side and he was my coach at San Lorenzo. It's been a wonderful experience for me to share things with him on a professional level, he's got so much to offer. Tomorrow will be a brilliant game, that's all we're concerned with. We'll have to put all our energy into it to compete, we're two teams who love to compete”.
“Maximum pressure is always stimulating for a professional footballer. I'm not going to give you the line-up today”.
Bale and Asensio
“They're on the way back and improving. They've only recently returned from injury and we all know what they can contribute. We're thrilled to have them back with the group and training with such commitment”.
Opportunities for players
“Football is about hard work and making your talent available to the team. It's giving 100% in every training session and putting your all into it to be ready whenever you're called on to play”.
“The team look great, it's a pleasure to see these players training with such commitment, desire, intensity and focus. We're enjoying training sessions and matches. Not just the fans, but the coaches and players as well”.