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Marcelo: "We have to get Real Madrid as high as possible"

NEWS | 21/04/2019 | Bárbara Jiménez

"We controlled things better after the break and that was reflected by the scoreline", commented Vallejo.
Marcelo wore the captain's armband against Athletic. At the end of the match, the Brazilian spoke to the media: "We don’t want to end the season, we have to give everything for the shirt and get Real Madrid as high as possible. It's been a very difficult season, but we all have to move this forward for the Real Madrid badge".
"In the end, in a season in which we are not playing anything, we have to always have to be fully motivated, we have given everything and the second half things went for us more than in the first.
Benzema's goals
"We all know Karim's quality and what he brings to the team, he's one of the leaders and I'm very happy with the goals, but I'm sure he will be happier with the win than with the goals".

Commitment to the team
"I'm very focused on the team. Everything that has gone on this season hasn't affected me, I've continued to work and do my bit. Regardless of whether I've played or note, I've always been there for all of my teammates. Whether you play or not is part of the season and being a footballer, but I've never stopped working and helping out".

"Everyone knows how happy I am to play and train in these colours. Too much is said by those outside the club. Real Madrid is home for me".

Vallejo: "The gaffer's changes were key"
"The changes the gaffer made at half-time were key. We controlled things better and we've got to be pleased because we came out after the break with greater intensity and that was reflected in the scoreline".

Vallejo: "We came out with greater intensity after the restart".

"We had looked pretty closely at Athletic. We knew that they would put dangerous balls into our box and look to make the most of the second balls, as well as looking to get Iñaki Williams in behind, but we coped with that well".

Role in opening goal
"Íñigo Cordoba played a ball in and my aim was to get there before Iñaki Williams and my teammates then scored in the next move. It was a situation in which I was really at full stretch and I had to go to ground to clear the ball".

"I'm pleased to have been able to help the team. I've been training well and am in good shape. I'm really happy with the win. I have to thank my teammates because after being out for so long, they helped me through it".

"He's got great strength and is a real professional, a great role model. He trains really well".