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Kroos: “Rodrygo could be here for 15 years, I'm sure of it”

NEWS | 06/11/2019

“The team were very compact for the full 90 minutes and we had a tremendous start”, explained Carvajal.
Toni Kroos and Dani Carvajal spoke to the press after Real Madrid beat Galatasaray in a convincing 6-0 win. The German star praised the team: “We have played some good games this year and that was one of them. I know the fans will be as happy tonight as after the Leganés game. The good thing is we did not lose at home. We scored 3 goals in 15 minutes today”.

“Rodrygo did not just play well today, he has been good for a number of games. At 18 he is helping a lot. He is playing well for his age, it comes naturally to him. He does not give the ball away easily and that is important for the team. We need goals and he gives us another option. With the quality he has, he could be here for 15 years, I'm sure of it”.

“He helps me, as do CasemiroModric… they all help regardless of who plays. Valverde is doing well, he is also very young, but I'm a fan of Valverde”.

Internal rules
“We have rules in the dressing room and one of those is the players who are not in the squad can go up 10 minutes prior to the game. There is no problem surrounding that”.

Carvajal: “This team is on the up”
“That was one of our best games. The team were very compact for the full 90 minutes and we had a tremendous start. Since the last international break, we've only conceded a goal, so this team is on the up”.

“Everyone sacrificed, we concentrated, we ran with and without the ball, we stayed united. If we keep on in this manner very few teams can beat us. The best way to respect a rival is to keep doing our job, run and try to create more goals. It is essential in football and we showed our full respect”.

Carvajal: "Benzema is one of the pillars of our team and madridismo on the whole".

"We knew the importance of this game. Trying to reach the Round of 16 meant winning the match today. We have two left and if we beat PSG we will be mathematically qualified. When that game comes around, we'll try to go for it and seal qualification. But first we've got our mind set on the game against Eibar". 

"He’s one of our pillars, one of the pillars of Real Madrid and I’m sure that he will continue to add to his legend at this club. I congratulate him because he’s a fantastic player".

"He’s playing at an unbelievable level. He had a spectacular match, with a hat-trick and an assist. He deserved it. Today Rodrygo has been the best since he arrived but we are not surprised because we see him every day in training. He's a fantastic guy. Today things have gone well for him and I'm sure he's doing very well because he has great potential. I congratulate him on his performance". 

Similar paths
"Real Madrid and Barcelona are two very demanding clubs. In the league we are co-leaders and in the Champions League we have both qualified for the next stage. Every team go through bad spells and what counts in the end is that we are there and hopefully fighting for every possible title".

Internal rules
"The matter was settled by the coach at a press conference. Our internal system allows us to leave earlier. No one has to doubt either James or Bale. When I'm not called up, if I think it's appropriate to leave 10 minutes before, I'm going to leave. No one breaks any rules and no player's commitment to the team is in doubt".