NEWS | 30/01/2021“The team were sad in the dressing room but they're still hungry to keep fighting until the end", he said following the final whistle.
“We're not going to discuss refereeing decisions, you guys are there to assess what happened and have opinions. It's the way it goes. Levante won 1-2. We'll take away how we played, which wasn't easy with ten men because Levante are a good side. I saw a Real Madrid full of character, full of pride. We weren't able to win this game in the second half, that's all there is to it".
"In the second half, playing with a man less, we pressed high up, signaling our intentions. We couldn't get the win, but the effort from the players was evident until the end. We'll take that away with us".
"We changed at the end because we wanted to bring on Mariano for Benzema. We don't look at who is the top scorer, we have a big squad and a forward like Mariano to freshen things up, he's good in the air, he works hard and gave us a change in the centre forward role, that's all".
Why didn't Chust come on after the sending off?
"It's nothing to do with Chust because he started in the Cup. When he was sent off the automatic response is that a centre-back has to come on, but with a cool head and talking to the coach we know that Casemiro plays like that every day in training. Bringing on Chust would have meant taking off a midfielder and it wasn't the right option, so we decided to move Casemiro to centre half and Kroos and Modrić in the middle. I think it was the right decision, but not because of Chust's age".