Post match comments from Real Madrid’s 6-3 victory against Valencia at the Mestalla. Higuain scored a hatrick, provided 2 assists ; Kaka with 2 goals and Benzema with a single goal.
Some people may lose focus after unforgettable matches, but that wasn’t the case today. We took this match very seriously, but the three points are all that matter so that we can continue fighting as long as we are mathematically still alive.
A few weeks ago we lost to Sporting, but overall we feel good. What I say about Kaka applies to the whole team. If we can finish the season well and with the feeling that we can beat any team, we will be extremely confident heading into next season. If Barcelona win the league, it will be by of the points they have earned, not by the ones we have lost.
Kaka played a great match in a position that I like a lot. It’s a position that he is used to. We need him and he needed the confidence that he gained from this match. People can see just how talented he is during the home stretch of this season and he will start next season off in completely different fashion. I am very happy for him. And his daughter is due to be born in a few days.
We will be at Valdebebas tomorrow, but not to train or think about football. We will begin preparing for the Champions League on Monday.
Nacho debuted with the first team today in what was a difficult match, and he looked like a war veteran. That is what I want from young players who are prepared, especially from a psychological standpoint. Hats off to him as well as all his teammates.
It was a good day. We played a great match and scored six goals. Valencia is a good team, but Madrid were fantastic. Winning was important heading into Wednesday’s match. I feel great on a personal level.
The game was all downhill after such a great first half. We had a big lead heading into halftime and in the last 20 minutes we just got tired. We didn’t expect such a lopsided scored against a team as good as Valencia. We accomplished what we came for, and that was the three points.
The longer the season goes the better. A weight has been lifted now that we won the Cup in what was a very tough match, and today those who play less frequently showed that they have a lot to contribute. We now have a month and a half full of important things like the Champions League.
We played well in the first half and were able to take care of business. We maintained the rhythm in the second, but Valencia took more risks and we ended 3-6. It was a great match for me and for Real Madrid.
The match and the goals served me well. I needed an opportunity like this one. I want to thank my teammates, who have supported me at all times. We are a fantastic group.
Everyone took advantage of the opportunity. We showed that we are a strong group. A team that plays like this after winning the Cup proves that it wants to finish the season on a high note.
I trained with the first team all week long, but I didn’t know I would play until today. I am very happy to have had this opportunity after so many years at Real Madrid. We got to a point in the match that I just couldn’t continue. It was such an intense match, but I wanted to continue. Primera Division is a whole other world.
I am honored to hear what Mourinho had to say about me. All my teammates congratulated me. I didn’t have the chance to debut in the Copa del Rey the other day, but I will never forget this day. My brother Alex was encouraging me all week long and he told me to stay calm. I will give my shirt to my family and I will keep the ball.
This is Real Madrid and we need to represent it like it deserves. We had a chat on Thursday and we knew we had to focus. This was an important match and we had to perform as expected by Real Madrid.
I gained a lot of confidence today. I am very happy; a little tired, but that’s normal. There is no better way to return home than with a lot of goals. The hard work and wait were worth it. Now it’s time to have fun because helping the team and accomplishing our goals are that count.
No one was selfish. We played as a team. Now it is time to rest ahead of Wednesday’s match, but today we proved that we are in great shape heading into the final stage of the season.
Mourinho has a variety of possibilities with the players he has to choose from, and everyone is in good form.