NEWS | 30/10/2020 | Rodrigo Salamanca“We have to give it everything on the pitch because we're up against a very strong, competitive side", said the madridista coach.
"Tomorrow's game is a final, we can't be thinking about Tuesday. We have to focus on the day to day and not look beyond what we're doing today or tomorrow. The players are aware of that".
"He's fine and we're happy. He's training well every day, he feels in good shape. When someone picks up an injury and is off the pitch, not with his teammates, it can be very tough. Every player wants to be on the pitch, enjoying themselves. It's all looking positive now and he's back with us but we've got other guys out and having a bad time. I hope we can all be back together soon".
We have a lot of games and the idea is to have Hazard back with the group. We'll see how we manage him, the important thing is that he's feeling good. The key is to all be prepared because we have a lot of matches and a lot of minutes ahead".
Benzema and Vinicius Jr.
“That's all been cleared up. It's important for players to speak among themselves, it's not an issue. Those kinds of things always come out on the pitch but that's where they stay. We need to conserve our energy for other things. It's good to see these kinds of things happening because it shows we care. They have spoken and everything is fine, there's no problem at all. They all trained brilliantly and the key thing is to focus that energy on tomorrow's game".
“I don't think it'll affect how people feel about Benzema because these things always happen on the pitch and you say things to teammates in the heat of the moment. I've had similar things said to me. I'm not saying it just to smooth over a problem, but it's something that happens often, it's completely normal. The important thing is for them to discuss it together and move on the next day. I know the public and the press love seeing these things but I can tell you it will happen more often. It shows the character of this team".
Vinicius Jr.'s potential
“He's young and I think he's got a bright present and future at Real Madrid. He's working and I think he looks in good shape. He's a kid who wants to learn and keep improving. That's great for both the coach and the team".
“I've heard talk of what's going on but I've got enough on my plate with so many games without any rest. You don't even have time to enjoy a win. Focusing on tomorrow's match is fundamental for us. Both myself and the players are treating it as if it's the last game we're going to play and that's how it must feel in our minds. Anyway, with everything that's going on in life at the moment, anything can happen. We have to enjoy ourselves and then we'll think about what's happening in other competitions”.
“We've got a game tomorrow and whoever we're up against, there are three points on the table. It doesn't matter if it's Barcelona or Huesca, they're three hugely important points. That's how the players think".
Lucas Vázquez's versatility
“We know what a player Lucas Vázquez is and the fact he can play in any position on the pitch. We're struggling down the right-hand side and against Barcelona and Borussia he did a wonderful job. The great thing about him is the positive energy he brings".