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Rodrygo: “We had to put the game to bed early and we managed just that”

NEWS | 30/10/2019

"It was a spectacular start and we were in control throughout the game", added Casemiro.
Rodrygo opened the scoring in Real Madrid's win over Leganés at the Santiago Bernabéu. The Whites' ace commented: “We knew we were up against tough opposition and we had to get goals. We were able to make the game fairly comfortable. We had to put it to bed early on and we managed just that”.
“I'm thrilled with everything that's happening to me. It's all happening so fast. I have gained everyone's trust and I hope that can continue. I'm happy playing on either wing. I started out right and then switched with Hazard. I play wherever they put me, I'll play and enjoy myself regardless”.
“He's an excellent player, he gives us calmness and confidence. We play better with him on the pitch”.
Casemiro: “We were in control”
“It was a spectacular start to the game. Everything we'd been working on all week came off. We did what the coach asked of us, we were in control throughout the game and we made it tough for the opposition”.
“We have to take it easy and not put too much pressure on him because he's an 18-year-old kid. He's part of this squad and he's an important player, like all of us, but we must avoid putting him under so much pressure”.

“He's growing fast and showing what a fantastic player he is. The coach has realised that he's a crucial player and he's doing a brilliant job whenever he gets time on the pitch. He's a player who controls the play very well, he knows how to read the game and what he has to do with the ball”.

Carvajal: "The team never stopped running, working and pressing them".

"At Real Madrid you have to fight for your place in the team. Vinicius Jr. is another excellent player who's training well and trying to improve. Rodrygo is also improving greatly. They have to fight for their places, being at Madrid means working hard. They're friends but their battle is an important one for Real Madrid". 

"He doesn't have to prove a thing. He's a brilliant player. He's gradually becoming more heavily involved in the play, he's linking up really well with Karim [Benzema] and the rest of the team".

"Our first choice is [Sergio] Ramos and next it's Benzema. There's a list up in the dressing room and you have to stick to it".

"The coach already spoke about that yesterday. The club has given him permission and we know just what a great player he is and that he's extremely important for us. He was in the dressing room tonight and we're counting on him".

Carvajal: "Our whirlwind start was the key"
"I'm doing well and getting forward in attack and the assists are the reward for that. The important thing was to get the three points. We knew that it was an important game, in front of our fans, and everything worked out well. Our whirlwind start was the key to the game".

"We totally outperformed Leganés in the opening hour and taking a 3-0 lead into the break made it easier for us to go all out for the win. The team didn't stop running, working and pressing them. We were all raring to play after the El Clásico postponement".

Clean sheet
"We managed to play as a single unit and that's something we have to keep working on. We need to end as many games as we can with clean sheets".

International break
"We've got another game in three days' time, again in front of our fans. We'll have to put in a good performance and get the three points, but it's true that we now begin what's a demanding schedule".