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Casemiro: “We have to stay strong and keep up this great run"

NEWS | 23/12/2020

“We knew we'd have to dig in but it was a good win", said Courtois.
Casemiro, scorer of the opening goal against Granada, and Courtois, who kept yet another clean sheet in the game, spoke to the media following the final whistle. The midfielder commented: “We know they play some great football and they have a coach who's doing a fantastic job. That's three huge points, we want to keep up our positive run but it's important to rest up as well now. We know we have to do that, but we have to stay strong and we'd like to keep up our great form when we come back".

“We can't forget about football during the break and we have to do things right. In a week's time we've got another important game. As I've been saying, every team around the world are having dips in form. There are a lot of games to play and pre-season was very short. It's happening to every team but we have to keep up this good run".

 “It was an important goal but the gaffer will be thrilled. He asks me to bring balance but he also likes me to get into the box because I'm a good finisher. He's always on at us midfielders to get into the area. I know my job, as does everyone else, and it's about balance but there are times in the game when you feel... I don't know exactly how to explain it and I just went for the ball. Asensio's delivery was perfect".

Courtois: "In the second half we showed increased intensity and the football took care of itself".

"That's what VAR is there for. Football is a contact sport and if nothing was seen, it’s because nothing happened. Zidane speaks clearly and never gets involved with the referees or the other team. He's an example for us and we have to follow him. We don't have to look for excuses, we just have to do our jobs".
Courtois: "We're on a good run"
"We're very pleased. We knew that it could be difficult today because Granada are a good team. In the second half we worked harder and played with more intensively and we won the game as a result. We scored a nice goal and then defended well as a team, they pushed 5 or 6 players up top and we did well to keep them out. We had to dig in for the win, but it's a good win and we have to keep going".
Clean sheet
"We're playing well. We've conceded in a few games but  we're in good shape and are scoring goals. Overall, we're in good shape".