NEWS | 24/04/2019 | Alberto Navarro | PHOTOGRAPHER: Helios de la Rubia"We finished the match against Athletic very strongly and we’re ready to do it again", added the Real Madrid coach.
"Getafe are a team that are doing really well. It’s the best season in their history and it’s come as a result of hard work. Knowing that, and that we’re playing against a team that is doing well, we’ll try to do better, like in the last game. We always play to win and that is what we’re going to try tomorrow".
His role as a coach
"The players know that at this club they have to train very well to play and my role has not changed much. A coach always has a voice to talk about profiles of players who could arrive or who could leave. In the first years there weren’t many changes, but in this one there will be".
"Tomorrow he won’t play. He has more work to do yet. He has had two months of injuries and we have to be patient".
"Benzema isn’t worried about playing as a lone striker or with someone at the side of him. He’s doing very well and is having his best season".
"Next year we’re going to try to start the league in the best way because the league is the day to day and it’s very important, almost since pre-season. We’re going to try to start very well because if not its going to be difficult again. You have to put the league as the first objective. We have always had the league in mind, but there has been a team in front that has done very well. It’ll be the main objective of next season because it’s the most difficult".
"We have won the league 33 times and Barcelona, how many? Lately they’re doing well and you have to recognie when the opposing team does well and congratulate them. But in history, Real Madrid has won the league more. This is not to defend ourselves, but to put it in context. Next year we want to change that dynamic. I always say that for me the most important thing is the league because it is the day to day and it is the most difficult. In the Champions League you have fewer games and the league is 38 matches. We must not fail in this competition and we will try to win every title".
"Courtois is ready, he trained with us and is available to the coach and the team. It’s not the time to talk about that. Courtois and Keylor are available and Luca is not. I like certain things and sometimes they are not done and vice versa. The goalkeepers have contracts and what I have to do, I will do. It's my responsibility, but now is not the time. Next year I will be very clear. Anything can happen. I have the two best goalkeepers and a young man with a future. The most difficult thing is to leave players at home for each game after training during the week. The players are here to train and are ready to play".
Comings and goings
"If you buy players, someone has to go. We now have 25 players and of course if someone comes in, another will leave, but that’s normal within a squad. All teams, when they reach the end of the season, are asked about comings and goings. We are going to change something, but it's the same at every team".