Real Madrid climb to the top of the LaLiga table after defeating Girona by 4-1 and the players commit their unconditional support for the manager.
Published By: Dalipinder Singh Sandhu (Bliss)
In the past days, there has been a buzz in media that the Real Madrid dressing room is in shambles. Reports suggested that there is mistrust in the coach Julen Lopetegui. However, this was hard to believe when the team executed his tactics on the field very well. The squad finally cleared all doubts by publicly backing their manager and showing full trust in him.
Real Madrid visited Estadi Montilivi last night and emerged victorious by the margin of 4-1. The home side had an advantage of 1-0 in the first half which was soon canceled out by 2 penalties in favor of the visiting team. Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema converted from the spot to give Real Madrid the lead and later the strikes from Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema helped them to perch on top of the table ahead of Barcelona on goal difference.
Here is what the squad had to say about the game and congratulated the coach on doing well while backing him up.
“We were a lot better in the second half, we understood what the coach wanted. We had problems in the first half, we did not pressure well but in the second half it was different, we played well. The coach knew what changes needed to be made, I was more comfortable after the break where I played and you need to congratulate the coach because in the second half the game changed. I think this year the key will be the team. If we have the sense and mentality to play as a team then we have the players to do well.”
“I was surprised by the substitution but I respect the decision of the coach, I wanted to continue because I felt 100%. We are on the right road and I am sure we are going to improve with each game. We played well today and we got the three points. Cristiano (Ronaldo) is the best in the world so it is obvious we will miss him but Bale and Benzema are also very good.”
“It was a tough match against very strong opponents. We conceded at the start and then began to play our football. We’re satisfied with the win because they’re three very important points away from home. We’ll look to continue on in the same vein. We’re keen to perform well in LaLiga this season.
I’ve been here for 10 years and always work hard for the team. I’m raring to score a lot of goals and help the team to pick up silverware. Football isn’t all about goals, it’s about winning games and playing well. I’ll be trying to score a lot of goals to help the team.”
“Starting well is key in LaLiga and we are happy with the win over Girona. We know the game lasts 90 minutes, not 45, and we have to take our chances. That’s football.
I am ready to help the team, we are united, we work well together and want to win every trophy possible. I’d like to take penalties, but the coach decides, and I have to respect his decisions.”
“The team reacted well to the Girona goal. The two penalties we got were fair, we got the three points and we feel positive. From the first moment, we wanted to play out from the back. In the first half we struggled to link up well with the forwards, but in the second half we were more dangerous and that was the key.
We know that the start you make can impact the rest of your LaLiga season, but we are taking things game to game and want to keep putting three points on the board. We have to treat every game as if it’s a cup final. Now we have to host Leganés and for me that will be a great and special game. Let’s hope it goes our way.”
“I want to highlight our mentality, because things got off to a tough start, with our opponents playing really well and Portu, in particularly, at the heart of things. They went ahead and could have scored a second, but the players showed character to regain a foothold. I have to highlight the mental strength to overcome adversity because every game is completely different and that’ll continue to be the case. When you’re involved in tough games, like tonight’s, your mentality is what has to carry you through. In the opening 45 minutes, we also did some good things, but we were rushing things in attack and afforded them chances. We improved after the break. It’s not a situation that’s easy to understand but it’s simple enough to explain.
I’ve got some really good options in goal (Keylor Navas and Thibuait Courtois) and there are no problems in that area. We’ll decide what’s best for each game. Keylor got the nod today and did very well. There’s great competition and that makes us stronger in the goalkeeping department.
I’ve got some thoughts in my mind, but I’m not going to share them. Over the course of the season, I’ll look for solutions to solve the next immediate challenge. Girona is a great side with players who have been together for some time now. In the first half, they had a chance to get a second goal and really made things tough for us.”
Real Madrid now prepare to face CD Leganes in Santiago Bernabeu on 1st September 2018 at 20:45 CET. Until their next LaLiga match they may have a transfer activity as their window closes on coming Friday. The key expectation for arrival is the French teenager Kylian Mbappe who already is considered one of the top 5 footballers in the world. The World Cup winner is currently on a loan deal to PSG which may be ended if the FFP sanctions the club for financial fair play. In such a scenario the player may have to return to Monaco depending if Real Madrid bids for him or not.