NEWS | 04/05/2021 | Rodrigo Salamanca“We defend well and that’s important in a tie against a side like Chelsea”, commented the German midfielder.
“We’re strong defensively and that’s important when it comes to getting through a tie like this one and against opponents like Chelsea. We’re capable of progressing and are going to prepare properly for the game. We have to create a bit more than we did in the first leg. We’re going to need to do that if we’re to get through the tie”.
“In the opening 35 minutes of the first leg, we didn’t press their defence well and we were too late in getting at them. That’s exactly what they wanted with the quality they’ve got up top and they can exploit that along with their pace. We improved after the opening 35 minutes. We dropped deeper and were more compact and that helped us. We didn’t create much in the second half, but we’re comfortable when we’re in possession”.
“We’re capable of matching Chelsea in physical terms. We’ve welcomed some players back who weren’t involved in the first leg. We’ve lost Varane, but everyone who’s here is here to play and fight. It’s important that we show our quality out there and not just our physical strength”.
“In the 15 years that I’ve been playing football, nobody has kept me up worrying at night. They’ve got a German coach and what they do comes as no surprise to me. They play as a team and defend really well and concede few goals. They’ve got quality and pace, but so have we, as well as the experience of these kinds of games. They’ve also got their weapons and that’s why they’re in the semi-finals. However, I can’t single out a particular player”.
“In general, it hasn’t been a comfortable and relaxed season. If we put the injuries and performing better or worse to one side, right now we’re in the hunt in two competitions and want to win them. We’re in with a chance of making the final. A lot of people say that we’re tired, but we’ve got an important game tomorrow night and we’ll be giving our all. We’re in no doubt that we’re capable of winning both competitions”.
Best midfield in world football?
“I don’t watch other teams’ games and I can only comment on us. I like to hear people say that. Casemiro, Modric and I are giving our all to win something. It doesn’t count for anything if you’re the best midfield but then don’t win anything. We’re having a good season and that’s what we’re here for at this club”.
“As to whether he’ll play tomorrow is a question for the coach. Sergio has shown over the course of many years that he’s important to the team in games like this”.
“We know what a good player he can be. He’s a shame that he hasn’t been available in the last few months because of injuries. However, he’s now doing better fitness-wise, which is so important for him to produce his best. He’s a player who has a lot to offer us. I don’t know exactly how he’s doing and he’s only started one game but he’s a threat to opposition defences. It doesn’t matter how long he’s out there for, I just hope he can help us”.
“I taught me that before winning anything, you have to suffer and that defeat caused me to suffer”.
“He’s not afraid to get on the ball, which is the most important thing. When he’s comfortable that helps to boost his confidence and helps the team. He’s doing well despite having not played very much. He’s got something about him and the quality to play at a good level”.
“I think that Zidane will continue on because he’s got another year left on his contract”.
“He’s a good, physical player. He can get up and down the pitch. We saw him immense quality during the opening 25 or 30 minutes. You always have greater control over games when you’ve got the ball and that’s what we saw from Real Madrid in the second half”.