NEWS | 04/01/2020“The defensive efforts have been great and it's helping us win games”, added Courtois.
“We're full of confidence and we're happy with the result. It's a great start to the year and we hope we can carry on in this vein. We'll give it everything we've got to win the first trophy of the year and fight as we always do to the end of the season”.
“The first was losing my man and the movement in the box, then it's a case of putting it in the net. It was a wonderful delivery. On a personal level I'm extremely happy”.
“We kept a clean sheet and I played a decisive role for the team so I'm happy, but above all I'm thrilled with the efforts of my teammates”.
Carvajal: “The team did a great job”
“It was important to get back to winning ways. We came into the game with positive sensations and if we want to fight for the title we have to keep picking up three points".
"Today we had to pull our socks up against tough opposition. They're showing how good they are with their position in the table, even more so here at home. The team did a great job, we deserved the win”.
“Thibaut kept us in the game with two or three big saves and Varane gave us an awful lot today. Thibaut is a fantastic goalkeeper, and nobody, especially him, had any doubt in his ability. He's a superb keeper and he'll earn us points”.
Playing without the captain
“It's unusual because the captain is always there, but we've got a deep squad and Madrid has all the best players. Anyone who comes in demonstrates that”.
Spanish Super Cup
“It's a different competition and we're going into it with real excitement. We're going into the game against Valencia, who will make life difficult for us, but we're going there to try and lift the trophy”.
Courtois: “I'm pleased to have helped the team”
“I'm happy with the defensive efforts and our physicality today. We put in a complete display against very physical opposition. We had to fight for the full 90 minutes and we did a great job. We head away with a 0-3 win, we're thrilled. On a personal note, I'm happy to be able to help the team, particularly in the first half with three decent saves".
“We're very pleased. The defensive efforts have been great and it's helping us win games. At a place like this is was going to be very tough not to concede. The whole team is very happy and everyone was absolutely focused on winning here. Not many teams are going to win games easily here”.
Three saves before the break
“The first was the hardest because he came into the area and struck it very well, and I was unsighted because Casemiro, Militão and Varane were in the path of the ball. The second was easier, and the third was a powerful header from close range. They were important stops because otherwise we could have gone in level at half-time, but they allowed us to be more relaxed in the second half”.