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Valverde: “Happy for the team, the opportunity and the goal”

NEWS STORY. 12/01/2022. Bárbara Jiménez

“We all did a great job. Now we have to think about the final”, added Casemiro.

Fede Valverde took centre stage in the semi-final against Barcelona, scoring the winning goal in extra-time to seal our side’s place in the Spanish Super Cup final. The Uruguayan spoke after the clash: “We all played really well throughout the whole match. I’m pleased for the team, with the opportunity that the manager gave me in such an important game and the goal. Barcelona are a great team with top players and they’ve shown tonight that they have the desire to win”.
 
“We showed how good we are in attack by the number of chances we created. But we have to take more of them. If we had, we’d have won the game earlier. Both the team and the coaching staff will work on the mistakes we made. It was a tough match and it was a really long trip, but we’re professional players. So well done to the team for tonight’s performance”.
 
Casemiro: “We did a great job”
“From the beginning we knew it was going to be difficult, all Clásicos are. There are top players in both sides. It’s a great game that everyone wants to be part of”.

"We started very well, and we read the game but we conceded a goal against the run of play and went in at the break 1-1. We gave the ball away more in the second half and played on the counter. You can play in a many different ways with this team, we all like to have the ball, but you also have to know how to dig in, defend and play on the counter. We could have finished off the game earlier, but in the end it was a great team performance. We're now focussed on the final".
 
Squad
"We've got a great squad and as we saw today, Valverde was rewarded with a goal. He's working well and despite not playing a lot, he brings a lot when he comes on. He's a great player and has proven that. In order to win titles you have to have a good squad, that's the most important thing".

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