Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari has confirmed his players’ desire to continue fighting to reduce the points difference with La Liga leaders Barcelona, following a 3-0 win at home over Deportivo Alaves in the 22nd round of La Liga.
Real Madrid will face Atletico Madrid next week in a battle for second place and Solari was adamant that his side will battle for everything until the very end of the season.
“We are going to fight for everything,” Solari said post-match. Marca reported
“Always until the very end, and when I say the end, I mean until the last game of the season.
“Today we have seen the hunger to cut the deficit, and we achieved that.”
Vinicius Junior shone yet again at the Bernabeu and will likely be one of Madrid’s biggest threats at the Camp Nou in the Copa del Rey.
“He has played a great match and was applauded,” Solari said.
“We are delighted with him and his projection.
“He always has the support of the mature players in the squad.
“They take care of him, love him and advise him.”
Now eight points behind La Liga Santander leaders Barcelona, Solari is refusing to rule Los Blancos out of the title race.
“Madrid never gives up,” he added.
“We show hunger.
“We will always go out to win, despite what the mathematics says.”
Real Madrid had a massive win over Alaves (3-0) at Santiago Bernabeu stadium to push up their points to 42, decreasing the point difference with his rival Barcelona to 8 points.
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Thibaut Courtois in an interview after the match: “It’s very important, you go to a training with a smile, you feel better, and we need to enjoy the moment.”
“Because we are entering a difficult stage of the season and we want to keep winning matches.”
And answering a question about how did the team manage to be so compact to only allow one shot and be such a threat at the other end, he replied:
“We defended well and put pressure on high up, when we lost the ball we pressed to get it and made life difficult for them.”
“When we were in our half we defended well, and the whole team deserves credit for that.”