NEWS STORY. 27/10/2021. Bárbara Jiménez
Real Madrid took on Osasuna at the Santiago Bernabéu, and following the final whistle, Courtois assessed the team’s performance: “We gave it everything we had to get the three points but we were up against a very defensive team and it was difficult to find any space. If you don’t get the first goal which makes things easier, the minutes tick by and it becomes more difficult. We’re upset not to have picked up three points at home, that’s three matches without a win for us here. We have another tough fixture coming up on Saturday away from home and we have to take all three points”.
“From an attacking point of view, we have to try and create space, play quickly, get the ball into the box and have guys in there to get shots off. They did very well and deserve credit. We’ll watch the game back in training tomorrow to try and improve in upcoming matches. From a defensive perspective, we have to be careful in behind us. They had a chance following a corner but we did well and were organised”.
Carvajal: “The team did everything we could to win it”
“The team did everything we could to win the game but we just weren’t sharp enough in the final third. We’ve paid for that and had to settle for a draw. Osasuna are a side who usually press high up but they waited for us to come onto them today, they were very good defensively and we struggled to break them down”.
"The referee added four minutes when in other games in the league they are adding five, six, seven and even up to eight when one of the two teams repeatedly wastes time and it doesn't favour the game. The referee didn’t get it right today in that respect".
"I don't want to make excuses, but Sergio Herrera alone wasted almost four minutes. Arrasate made two changes in the final two minutes and the players just strolled off, and the referee only adds on four minutes, it's a bit odd. At other places, they're adding on the amount of time actually lost”.
Hard-fought LaLiga season
"Today was a big day for us because Barcelona lost and Sevilla drew, and we wanted to keep that gap or even increase it. We now have to focus on Elche. We’re seeing at all the grounds that it’s very difficult to get the points. We should’ve been able to win in those 94 minutes and we couldn't do it. We have to keep working and improve on what we couldn't manage to do today".
"I'm doing well. The coach put me in the starting line-up today. I wanted to get a good start. I felt very good and very comfortable trying to help the team as much as I can. It’s important to have continuity and feel better and better".
Rodrygo: “We deserved more”
“It's sad because we played really well and gave it our all right to the end of the game, but the goal just wouldn't come. We have to look forward now. The coach just asked me to do what I've been doing in other games, which is to take people on, do my job defensively, which is what I did. We deserved more but now we have to work hard and turn our attentions to the next game".