NEWS | 31/03/2019 | Javier García | PHOTOGRAPHER: Helios de la Rubia"We believed that we could win right up until the end and we managed to do that, thanks to Karim's goal", he added.
"As I said yesterday, they're a side that deserves to be far higher up the LaLiga table. That was proved today because they delivered a good performance and perhaps deserved to take something from the game. Football is all about playing right up until the 90th minute and we got the win thanks to Karim's goal. We kept plugging away until the end and ultimately got our rewards".
"He's a player who has been here for many years now and he's doing well. This has perhaps been his best season. We're happy with him. There are nine games to go and I'll be counting on him. Karim is our player and I can't see that changing".
"When a club like Real Madrid knows that there's no chance of lifting trophies it's tough, but the players are professionals and we want to end the season strongly. The motivation comes naturally. There were spells during the game when we struggled but what I take away from the game is the effort from the players. They score an early goal and they then drew level again… but we believed that we could win right up until the end and we managed to do that".
"I’m not trying players out, I’m trying try to pick the best possible team for each game. After the international matches, with all the travelling and not much rest, there are players who spent the 15 days here and I’ve given them the opportunity to play. Before starting the season, I don’t think you're going to win trophies with just 11 players. In my days with 30 matches maybe, but now with 50 or 60, there’s no chance. People may think that I want to please everyone and look good but that’s not the case, I don’t do it to please them. In addition, you could pick a player for 50 games and you take him out for one and he’s angry. I do it because it's my way of thinking".
"You have to accept what the fans do. We're here and they're in charge. If they want to come and watch the game, we're delighted. This year we're not going to win anything and that could be an important factor".
"I'm happy with his debut and with the win. Luca is the third-choice goalkeeper. Courtois wasn’t in a good way and we wanted to rest Keylor after playing with the national team. I wanted to give him the opportunity today and it went well. When I've played him, it's not because he's my son, it's because he's a Real Madrid player. He has character, quality and personality, he is quite mature. Technically, he is a player who's not afraid. He has been in the club's academy for 16 years and that means a lot".
"We know what kind of player he is. I’ve started him in both matches and he’s scored two goals. I'm happy for him, we know how important he is within the squad. We have nine games ahead of us and there will be changes. We play on Wednesday and there will be changes".