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Nacho: “In the build-up to the goal I wasn't going to go up, the coach told me to go"

NEWS | 26/01/2020 | Alberto Navarro | PHOTOGRAPHER: Antonio Villalba

"We are on a good run, if we focus we can do well", added Courtois.
Nacho starred at the estadio José Zorrilla as he scored Real Madrid's winner to go top of LaLiga. The defender stated: “I am thrilled not just with the goal, but because we got three crucial points in the fight for LaLiga. The team played a tight, focussed game, and we got those three points, which is what we needed. In the second half, we did a lot better on the ball, we got into space, but we knew how hard it can be as a visiting team here. For me, the team did well despite the lack of chances, There were not many, but we got one and we took it.”
“We are appreciate being top again. We needed a win today, we have a lot of games still to play and today was vital after our rivals dropped points. We are on a good run of unbeaten games and I feel confident going forward”.
"It was a strange one because I was not going to go up and the coach told me to go to the near post. That’s life, sometimes you are in the right place at the right time and today things turned out well. The first thing that came to mind tonight was that the coach told me to go up.”

Nacho: "There were not many chances, we got one and we took it".

"18 players having scored is positive and it means we are all switched on and looking to attack. We need to defend well and the team are doing that, we have kept a lot of clean sheets. There are a lot of players scoring and that is good for the squad”.

Courtois: "It is games like this that win leagues"
​“We need to focus on us and not other teams. if we focus we can do well. The season is long and there will be highs and lows. We are on a good run and it is games like this that win leagues. It was a complicated game, We won and that is the important thing. We want to win LaLiga. We have the means to do it, but you can't think it's all said and done in January”.

Kobe Bryant
"I found out after the warm-up. I'm very sad, his daughter was there too. I love basketball and I grew up watching him. It's a shame and we'll have to give our families a big hug. I'm mainly stuck by his winning mentality, his hard work every day and believing in himself. That's what he's left for a lot of people and we'll try to remember him always for that".

Hazard's return
"Hazard is recovering, but you can't expect him to have minutes now in a week. He's been back for six days and hasn't trained with the team yet. We have to be realistic, we're all waiting for him to come back and help the team".

"It's going to be a tough game. Football doesn't stop and even if you've done a lot of good things in the past it's the present that counts. They have a week to prepare because they are not in the cup and will come and give everything at the Bernabeu. It's always like that. When someone is down, they come out fighting harder and Atlético is a team with those values. It's a derby, we're in very good shape and if we match their intensity with the support of our fans, we can beat them. But first we have to think about the Zaragoza game".