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Courtois: “We felt good and showed that”

NEWS | 17/08/2019 | Alberto Navarro (Vigo) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Antonio Villalba

"We controlled the game and focussed well", explained Casemiro.
Real Madrid started the campaign well with a win over Celta in Balaídos. Courtois spoke about the team's work after the match: “Preseason was not easy for us, there were games in which we did not play well, but we knew we doing things right. We feel good, today we showed that. We played a good game and we went ahead with 10 players. That is key".
“We knew that in the second half they were going to press us. In the one-on-one with Aspas I did well, made a good save. I have good reflexes and I got a hand to it. That helped give the team real confidence. We did well today but it is a shame not keep a clean sheet. We need to keep it up and work hard. Now we focus on Valladolid.”
“He is an important player and played a great match. Everyone loves him and it is important that he plays for us. We are so happy with Bale.”
Starting goalkeeper
“The key is just to train hard and prove yourself. If you go out and you make two vital saves you feel confident and that pushes you to keep working hard throughout the week.”

Courtois: We played well and got a result with 10 men.

“I'm doing fine, I felt good during the pre-season, and I'm still pushing to prove my worth to the coach. Zidane has everyone behind him and we all train well as a unit.”
“I did not realise he got injured in training and I was surprised not to see him on the squad list. We hope he recovers quickly.”
Casemiro: “It was a great effort from the whole team”
“We are thrilled because it was a great effort from the whole team against a tough rival at their stadium. We controlled the game from the off and focused on what we needed to do.”
Team work
“Playing for Real Madrid you need to get the best results possible, even in pre-season, but people forget that the pre-season is a warm-up: time to adjust, to work on the tactical aspects… The key today was to get the three points. We proved that we worked well and we still have a week to keeping preparing for the next game. We know we have a long way to go in the league and we all the competitions to play for, but we started well today.
Playing with a man less
“We know that it is a tough place to play and that must be taken into account. Modric is a great player and without him had to dig deep and do what we had to do. When we are focussed, things go right because we are a great side with brilliant players.”
Stealing the ball
“That's my job, to get the ball back. I love doing that on the pitch and I'm pleased with how it went.”