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Vinicius Jr.: "It was very special to win the derby"

NEWS | 01/02/2020

"The tactical change in the second half allowed us to press better", added Courtois.
Vinicius Jr. spoke to the press following Real Madrid’s win over Atlético (1-0). The Brazilian said: “In the second half, Lucas Vázquez and I worked really well and we managed to change the dynamic of the game. We’re one big group, the gaffer gets us all involved and we did a great job today. It was very special to win this derby".

"I'll keep working hard, like everybody here does, to get more minutes and keep winning games. I'd like to thank the fans for their support, it was hugely important today”.

Courtois: "We pressed more after the break"
“Our defensive performance was very good in the second half, after they caused us problems in the first period. I have to talk to, and sometimes shout at my teammates. We have to be focused on the game, experience it, and win it. I was alert in case I was called into action late on, but it didn't come to anything. I'm thrilled to have kept a clean sheet and picked up another win”.

Tactics
“The gaffer changed from a 4-5-1 to a 4-3-3 in the second half. He went for something which didn't quite come off in the first period, and the change at half-time allowed us to press better. We didn't let them play out, they resorted to long balls. We did a great job defensively and that's why they didn't create much. We then got a good goal ourselves”.

Varane: “We've got a fantastic group and every player does their bit".

“We need to keep winning games. Our rivals are as strong as ever. A lot of people expected a draw but winning and keeping a clean sheet is great preparation for the Copa on Thursday, we need to keep this up till the end”.

Varane: “We have a fantastic group and everyone contributes”
"We have to change things around and be more attacking. Zidane pushed us on and in the second half we did well, more on the wings. We have many options on the bench and today we were boosted by Lucas".

Progression
"It is a process, at the start of the season it was tough, but we believe in our work and cannot let up. We have a fantastic group and everyone contributes. We are a real team".

Kroos
"He is an important player, has great technical skill and is always clam on the pitch. He regulates our play really well".

VAR
"On the pitch, you don’t see as much, in general I’m not a fan of VAR. It can kill the emotion and changes the way the referees operate. It does not solve that many problems, but we have to adapt".

Atlético
"There is always going to be rivalry surrounding a derby, there is more emotion in the game, but we must always respect them, more so when you have played alongside these players".

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