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Carvajal: “It was a cup final, we needed to win and we did just that"

NEWS | 02/07/2020

"In games like this one, where it's do or die and one goal secures victory, it's really important to keep a clean sheet", declared Courtois.
One of the key men in Real Madrid's win over Getafe, winning the penalty converted by Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal reflected on the game: “It was one of our toughest games yet. Congratulations to Getafe because they delivered a complete performance and pushed us to the limit. The goal came from building on the wing and then I got lucky in the one-on-one and he fouled me. Our aim was to keep a clean sheet and we knew we'd get the odd chance. It was an important game, we needed to win it and we've done just that”.

“We had to take advantage of Barcelona dropping points against Atlético. It was a final and that's how we approached it. Getafe made life very hard for us, especially in the first half, but we put on a disciplined display. We are showing we're a unit; the coach made changes and the team was ready to go. The opposition was making things very tough. In the final 15 minutes we showed what strength in depth we have and we're in good shape physically, which helped us to get those chances. I think we were the better side. They pushed us to the limit, it was a very difficult game. We have to enjoy it because these are three points which bring us closer to the title”.

Lead over second place
“With a 4-point lead and the goal average in our favour, winning LaLiga is in our hands. The coach's message since isolation has been clear. It's a case of 11 finals and we want to take 33 points. That's the team's bread and butter. Our success has been based on conceding few goals, just two since the restart. We've conceded less goals than anyone else and if we carry on in this vein we know we can lift the trophy”.

Carvajal: “We've got a 4-point lead plus the goal average in our favour, winning LaLiga is in our hands".

"We've got few days to rest but we've got a lot of strength in depth. There's over 25 of us that the coach can choose from. Let's hope we retain that freshness. I think that if we win at San Mamés, we'd take a really big stride towards the league title. It's like a cup final and that's how we'll be treating it".

Lead-up to penalty
"The move began in midfield. Rodrygo drove at them and Benzema played the ball into space. I then looked to take Olivera on and he fouled me".

Courtois: “We were focused for the whole 90 minutes”
"We're pleased with our performance against tough opponents who fight right up until the last kick and play with intensity and press hard. You've got to be focused for the whole 90 minutes and we were. The important thing is that you don't let them put you off your game. We know how they operate from the back. We were aware of what Getafe were going to do and trained with that in mind. They're tough opponents and are sixth in the table and that's not by chance".

Key save 
"Many of their players were freaking out at the save. It was a ball that rebounded, someone flicked it on and I showed really good reflexes to use my two-metre frame to keep it out. Although I'm two metres tall, I'm very agile on my line".

Clean sheet
"That's the key. In games like tonight's or the Espanyol match, where it's do or die and one goal secures victory, it's really important to keep a clean sheet".

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