NEWS | 06/04/2019“Benzema is a great teammate and as well as scoring goals he helps in defence”, stated Valverde.
“This team has real character. The boss said at half time that we needed to get our focus back. We know this is a tough moment, we have seen it from the outside. We are a winning team with great players and we are trying to get back to it. We were great in the second half. We need to have faith. We really showed out grit. We made the game hard for ourselves against a tough side but we reacted well”.
“He is in spectacular form, this is one of his best years. He is great in front of goal and I hope it stays that way for many years. He is an incredible goal scorer and makes the team play for him”.
“The jeering will affect us. We are only human and want the fans to be behind us. The Bernabéu is demanding, but we are champions thanks to this toughness and we need to push ourselves in every session and game to get the fans back on side”.
Valverde: “We were more confident in the second half”
“This was an important win. We need to keep fighting for the badge and get Real Madrid as high up as possible. We were not great in the first half but we picked it up in the second, we were more confident, we showed we are Real Madrid and that played a part”.
Praise for Benzema
“He is a great player who shows it every day and not just in games. He works so hard in training, he is a great teammate… We have to congratulate him for the defensive work he does because as well as scoring goals he helps in defence”.
"At the break, the coach told us to stick together, encourage each other when things weren’t coming off as we’d like. We came out stronger, moving the ball better and playing with confidence. We should have shown more character in the first half but Real Madrid can never lose the desire or motivation, we have to fight for every ball”.
“On a personal level, I have to take advantage of every opportunity I’m given. All of us work extremely hard every day to be ready when we get a chance. The future is for the club to decide, I’m just focused on giving my best. I try and make the most of this unique opportunity and show why I want to stay here. I’m trying to concentrate on the remaining games and prove to the club I’m in good shape. I’ve always dreamed of playing here and I’m trying to enjoy the experience”.
Reguilón: “We went out to fight to the death and it showed”
“We’re professionals and we know how we have to act. We went out on to the pitch to fight to the death and it showed. I’m always confident in myself and I have to be proud of the work I’m doing. Competition is always positive and I’m young, but I’ve got experience in that sense. We’re professionals, whatever will be will be and everyone has to be aware of the season we’ve had but there’s not a poor atmosphere or anything like that".
“We know all about the qualities Karim possesses, he’s a vital player for us and we’re with him to the end”.
“We have to keep playing our football and if the fans want to come down we really appreciate it. All we have to do now is focus on playing our remaining games”.