NEWS | 02/03/2019 | Bárbara Jiménez“It’s now time to recover and get our heads up ahead of the Champions League match”, stated Courtois.
"This loss means we’re off the pace in LaLiga. In football, it is not about who deserves it the most, it’s about who scores and who concedes. They won and we have to congratulate them”.
A tough week
“There is a big distance now. Today we had a chance to get back into the competition. This will not be an easy week. This was a decisive week, we didn’t make it to the final of the Copa del Rey and now we’re off the pace in LaLiga”.
The Ajax game
“We need to keep working hard. On Tuesday, we need to lay it all on the line, it is a cup final after playing so many minutes and games. They have had a good rest and we saw what they can do in the first leg. I want to thank the fans for their support in these games, against Ajax I hope the fans back us because we want to give them something to cheer about”.
“The Champions League is the competition where we have the best shot, we need to fight tooth and nail. We are asking the Bernabéu to push us forward like never before and see if we can make it through”.
“He’s playing really well, he runs at the opposition and demands the ball, despite his youth. He’ll be a key player and he’s helping us out”.
Courtois: “You can’t have a bad word to say about the team”
“The truth is that we deserved to win both games. They had more chances the other day, today we lacked that cutting edge and that’s a shame because we performed well. We put in a really good performance and they had to dig in, but we didn’t manage to put the ball in the back of the net. We were confident and you could see that out on the pitch. You can’t have a bad word to say about the team. On Wednesday night they scored three goals from out of nothing and it was the same again tonight”.
“When we’re at home, the fans expect to see us playing well and scoring goals, but sometimes it’s better to win and play poorly. It hurts when you think that we won’t be in the Copa del Rey final and that the LaLiga title is beyond us”.
Champions League progress
“Every player always wants to win every game. We’ve got to keep going until the very end, until the last matchday and that’s what we’ve got to do, in both LaLiga and the Champions League”.
“Our focus is now on the Champions League. We’ll have to recover tomorrow and get our heads up and think about how well we played. We’re up against a good side. On Tuesday night, we’ll have to give our all. It was a tough game at their place and let’s hope that we can score some goals and win on Tuesday. It´s another competition that we’ll be trying to win”.