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Ramos: “It hurts because we wanted to give the home crowd a win"

NEWS | 24/08/2019

“We played well and deserved a better result”, explained Varane.
Real Madrid took on Valladolid in their first game at the Santiago Bernabéu this season. After the game, Sergio Ramos admitted: “It was a bittersweet day. We showed real intensity in the first half, and had chances to score goals, but we were unlucky today. After pushing ourselves in the first half we eased off and created fewer chances. We dropped the three points, which would have been really positive”.
"1-1 is a real shame. It hurts because it was the first game in front of the home crowd and we wanted to give them a win. We owe them and we'll win next time. We need to keep working, learn how to defend when we are leading”.

Communicating on the pitch
“Communicating out there is so important. When a teammate is under pressure, talking to them makes the difference. We threw caution to the wind and tried for that elusive second goal”.

"Real Madrid want to win. We try to leave everything else off the pitch. The pressure is on a bit more after last season, as things did not go well. You want to excite the fans, they really depend on this and will be going home deflated today".

James and Bale
“Everyone in this squad wants to be available for the coach and he makes the decisions. Bale and James are two great players. No-one doubts the fact that they will be key to Zidane's plans”.

We need to keep working, learn how to defend when we are leading.

“Speaking about players who are not here is disrespectful to the squad. If it wasn’t for today’s result, this question about Neymar would not have been asked. We’re happy with the players we can compete with any team”.

“Madrid must have two big goalkeepers and I think we have them with Courtois and Keylor Navas. I know it is a difficult situation for the coach and the goalkeepers. Competition is necessary and Real Madrid have to have the best”.
Varane: "We had a good game and deserved to win"
“We had a good game and deserved a better result. We could have scored earlier. It was difficult for us to score and then in the end we got the goal. We had a good first half, but we were missing something”.

“We had chances and caused problems for the opposition. We will work hard so that in the next game we will not come up short. In football things can move very fast. We have to keep working, we are focused and pursuing our goals”.

Role of the strikers
“The strikers have done very well, luck and precision were missing in the end. They’re not to blame. Things happen like this in football, you have to be positive and keep improving”.