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Lucas Vázquez: “The team stood up and was counted throughout"

NEWS STORY. 08/05/2022. Bárbara Jiménez

"We have to focus on the things we did well in the second half and address the mistakes we made in the first half", added Vallejo.

Real Madrid met Atlético on Matchday 35 of the LaLiga campaign at the Metropolitano. Lucas Vázquez,  who completed the full 90 minutes, reflected on the derby in the following terms: “We knew we'd be in for a tough game after what’s been a really intense week, with the LaLiga title celebrations and securing our place in the Champions League final. We’ve lost the game, but the team stood up and was counted throughout and we now go again on Thursday”.

“We really struggled to play out from the back and play our game in the first half. We dominated things after the break and could have equalised, but we ultimately failed to get the goal. The coach is the one who decides on the starting line-up and we just go out there and try to do our best”.

Paris final
“We've got three LaLiga matches left and have to go all out in them ahead of the Champions League final. The best way to prepare for the final is to treat these games for what they are, which is LaLiga matches in which we have to give our all”.

Vallejo: "The two halves were very different"
"The two halves were very different, the first one was difficult for us but in the second we had a clearer idea and we were able to push them back into their half. We have to to focus on the things we did well in the second half and address the mistakes we made in the first half ahead of our remaining matches. Every training session is important and we have to be focused in every game, that's what makes a better team and stronger going into the final".
 
Personal form
"I can't even remember what it's like to be injured, I've been fit and available all season. It's what we are here for, to give the team a hand when the coach decides".

Penalty
“I think, and the referee also told me, that I stepped on his foot when the player was already off balance and the ball was already going through to Lunin. We respect his decisions, but it's a case of determining whether the step on his foot prevented the player from continuing their run or if it came when they were already off balance”.

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