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Valverde: "It was a very special goal"

NEWS | 23/11/2019

"We picked up a win against very good opposition", said Varane.
Real Madrid got the better of Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabéu and Valverde, scorer of the Whites’ second goal, assessed the game in the following terms: "We'd had a run of games going in at half time with a decent lead and we struggled a bit today. We always go out to win games and we all support each other, it's nice to see".

"We didn't start in the best fashion, but we got the win and that's the most important thing. I'm tired but very happy because we came to win and we've managed that".

His goal
"They're always telling me I have to shoot. I was joking about it today with the gaffer and Casemiro. It went in for me today, it was a bit fortunate but it went in and that's the key thing. It's always Modric who lays me up when I get my goals so I'll be looking for more passes from him. The goal is very special because of all I'm doing with the team and what we're showing as a group. Scoring at this stadium will live long in the memory and I'll enjoy it with my family".

"They're a great team who are doing very good things, they put in a decent performance. We tried to press well and cover the space. They got in behind us a few times but we improved in that regard and got the result we wanted".

"Gareth came on, delivered as he knows how and was involved in the third goal. We're going to support him from beginning to end and we'll give Gareth the best we possibly can, as he does for us. The celebration is a way of showing that we're a unit. He's a guy who's treated me very well and he deserves my respect. He's training very well and contributing on the pitch. I'm sure the fans will acknowledge that".

Valverde: "You can never lack desire when you're playing for Real Madrid".

"This win is a big motivator for us. When you play for Real Madrid, you've always got to have that hunger and we've got to unfinished business to deal with against PSG. Everything's in our favour to go out and win on Tuesday night".

Varane: "You've got to show character and keep calm"
"You've got to show character and keep calm when that happens. We were focused and got the win against strong opposition. It was tough, but we pressed well and played in their half, which isn't easy and is what we were looking to do. We did that well tonight".

"We started poorly and got stronger as the game wore on. We performed well in the second half and have secured a very good result. It's important to remain focused and calm. We improved quite a lot during the course of the game and the second half started as we left off: playing in their half and pressing as a unit".

International break
"It's never easy after the international break. We only had a few days to train together, but we had a clear idea about how we were going to set up".

"Things like that can happen. After 15 years, anyone can make a mistake and he went on to have a good game".

"The fans can have their opinion, but he did well out there and was focused on the game".