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Raúl: “This is an extraordinary team and we were very hungry to win this title”

NEWS | 25/08/2020 | Rodrigo Salamanca | PHOTOGRAPHER: Helios de la Rubia (Nyon)

“This is a very tough competition and Benfica were a great side”, explained Chust.
Real Madrid won the Youth League 2019/20 with Raúl leading the team from the dugout in the Final Phase. Following the final whistle, the coach reflected: “This is an extraordinary team and we were very hungry to win this tournament. This is comparable with some of the biggest moments I experienced as a player. It's wonderful and I'd like to congratulate the lads because this is a huge step in their careers”.
 
“It's a historic day for all of us. I've been lucky enough to experience many beautiful things and this is another one of those. The warmth of all these lads, how they've competed in all four games despite not being used to playing so often, they should be immensely proud".

Fitness
“It was their third game and it was our fourth in nine days after Juventus, Inter and Salzburg. Benfica are a great side with very good players and the guys had to dig in. We were the better team but we suffered more in the second half and we knew we would. It was always going to be tough from a physical point of view but I'm thrilled for my players because they fought hard. It's been a ten-out-of-ten tournament, I wouldn't change a thing”.

Chust: “The coach has got the madridista DNA in his blood”.

“This is reward for all those people who have been working in the academy for many years. This is for everyone. The madridistas have got behind us during this time without football, it's been tough, but they gave us that extra energy we needed".
 
Chust: “It's a great honour to represent the best club in the world”
“It's an honour to represent the best club in the world with all these wonderful players. As captain, I'm very proud of the team we have. I'd like to remember all the guys who haven't been able to be here but who have been involved in the process, like Dani Poyatos. We also have to thank all the people who have backed us and believed in us".

“This is a very tough competition and Benfica were a great side, that's why they made it to the final. They really upped the pressure in the second half because we were feeling the fatigue. The coach has got the madridista DNA in his blood and he pushes us right to the end more than anybody and instils those values that this shirt represents”.

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