NEWS | 16/03/2021"We're in the quarter-finals and things will get increasingly tougher", declared the boss.
“I thought that Vini did well, particularly in the move in which he won the penalty. We know that when he's on the ball and has space that he can make all the difference with his pace and that's exactly what he did. He always looks to help the team and I'm delighted with the penalty he earned because that made it 2-0 and that was important”.
LaLiga & Champions glory
“That's what we're going to try to do. Why not? That's what we're here for. We’re going to try to do it. It’s a big ask, but we’ll give it our all. We’re alive in both competitions and tonight we have to enjoy this, not just because of the goals we scored but particularly because of our performance. When you work on things with the players and they then come off in a game it makes you really happy, particularly when it's against a team that demands so much of you”.
“It’s not just in this competition, it’s every day. He's a leader and an important figure for us. That's not just the case now, he’s been here for many years. He’s had a fantastic career and, of course, I prefer to have him here on our side”.
“Playing three at the back is a system we can use. We have the players to do it and every now and then we can opt to play it. The Elche game wasn’t a trial, we played with three at the back and wing-backs just like we did today, but we can play in other ways too”.
“He’s so intelligent, that’s clear. He’s 35 years old but you wouldn’t know it out on the pitch. If Luka wants to become a coach, he’s got that in him. He understands football, if he wants to be a coach he won’t have any problem. I love the kind of guy he is. Today, playing the double pivot alongside Toni, they have such great chemistry and that’s fantastic for the team. I’m pleased for everyone because we didn’t let our guard down from beginning to end, we were fully focused from the off. Every ball is crucial and when we play like this we’re tough to beat”.
“I’m not a doctor so I’m not the right person to decide whether or not he needs surgery. The decision will be made in the coming days. I gave him permission not to be here today. He’ll be with us tomorrow and we’ll see what happens”.
“Each player decides when they retire. I’d already decided when I was 34. These guys have that hunger, they want to keep making history, winning games and trophies and I’m thrilled for them. The madridistas enjoy that. I’m pleased for all the players”.