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Valverde: “The important thing is we’re in the next round”

NEWS | 22/01/2020

“We’re happy with the result, to have won the game and qualified for the next stage", commented Areola.
Federico Valverde spoke to the press following the win over Unionistas de Salamanca which saw Real Madrid through to the last-sixteen of the Copa del Rey: “They wanted to win it, and their fans will have enjoyed themselves tonight. They fought hard and we didn’t play brilliantly at times, as we would have liked, but the important thing is we’re in the next round. You have to play and enjoy yourself no matter which pitch you’re playing on. Bale took a knock, I hope he recovers soon”.

Areola: “We had to give it our all and we did just that”
“We’re happy with the result, to have won the game and qualified for the next stage. We had to be prepared and focused on giving it our all and we did just that. Unionistas upped the pressure in the second half and that’s why we conceded the goal but we retained our concentration and dealt with it”.

Nacho: “We had a duty to win the game”
“We’re pleased to be in the next round. We knew it would be difficult, but the team was in good shape for pretty much the entire game. We had a duty to come here, win and put on a good display because it’s not easy to come to grounds like this”.
 

Nacho: "We did things right in a game that people think was easy, but it wasn’t".

"We had to go out focused and aggressive against a team that is improving and was highly motivated. We did things right in a game that people think was easy, but it wasn’t. We have to adapt to everything and switch our focus from one game to another".
 
New cup format
"It's nice for the spectator to have the tie over just one leg. The Copa is very attractive for the fans. We have to win the games and progress".

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