NEWS | 09/19/2020 | PHOTOGRAPHER: Antonio Villalba
"The team is very happy to play again and to start against a good team like Real," added the coach.
“Real Sociedad is a very good team. Every year he is a very difficult opponent, he always shows it. It is a team that plays football well, that does not stop running and always wants to play better. It is a difficult field, but it is what we have to do, to play in San Sebastián. We are prepared for that and tomorrow we are happy to be able to make our debut in the League in a difficult field, but it is good to start ”.
Fight for the League
“We are here and we prepare for that. We always know what we are at stake each year and it will not change. This is part of this great club with all that it has won. When we start, we know from day one that we have to prepare to do as much as possible. Then is the consequence. If we train well, we play as a team like we did last year when we came back from confinement, we will have the possibility of achieving things. We know the difficulty of this League and the players are preparing to be competitive. Every year it is more difficult because we play against more complex teams and we have to be prepared ”.
“It is a group that is very similar, but it is the team with which we have won and in a very nice way. All the players have this appointment with the League and with the season and we want to do the challenge of last year again. There are no changes. The context is very difficult for many people and I think of all of them. It is difficult on an economic level too and we are lucky to be able to play football again. We are going to have to adapt, but there are going to be so many changes during this season that we have to be ready to know that it is going to be long and defend our title. We are going to do it with great enthusiasm ”.
“Anything can happen until October 4. I can't tell you anything else. The important thing is that we train well. The team and the players are involved and what matters to me is this. Then the situation can change. We are not going to have either exits or entrances but until the 4th, anything can happen ”.
“He is better and the most important thing is the player and his feelings. The important thing is that it is 100%. We started a season and what he needs is to be at 100 or 120 percent, nothing more. We are going to prepare ourselves so that the players are prepared for that, to be 100% ”.
“He has had a little discomfort, but I think he is fine. He's back and the role he's going to have is like everyone else's. I know I have the best here, it has always been like this, my whole life. The important thing for the players is that they are prepared and I think Martin is, like the others. He is a quality player and can contribute to the team. The players who pass through Madrid are the best ”.
“His career has been phenomenal and every year he has grown. He has had a great season with Real Sociedad, he is a more accomplished player and we are going to use him. We have one more player, who can be important in this squad and that's what it's all about. We are going to put the players so that they can perform at the highest level ”.
“The injury is better. He's training well, aside from the moment, but he's on his normal course. He has had a scare with the national team. Now it's much better. As always, caution and little by little. And when he is fully ready to train normally, he will be with us ”.
“Rodrygo is a player in the first squad and nothing is going to change. It is necessary to congratulate him for his call in the selection ”.
“The issue is more complicated, but now there are negotiations and it is in London. I've never had a problem with it. I know what he has done in this club, nobody is going to take it from him and they are things that can happen due to different circumstances. What I can say is that the situation is not signed, it is not done, and we have not had problems, as some want. That has not happened. What he has done no one will dispute. If there is a change for him, what I can do is wish him well and that's it ”.
"I did not speak with him. What he has done here has done phenomenal and there is no need to discuss these things. He has won many things at Real Madrid. All the players who pass through Madrid know the club they come to and I think they have shown their qualities. Now let's see what will happen. We know the player he is and what he has done in seven years in the Real Madrid. I think that is also what the player wants to do. And there I cannot go into this matter. I'm not going to say the opposite of what I've always said, that the player has been spectacular. Everyone can comment on these things. Gareth is our player at the moment and the issue has to be closed. At the moment we are not going to talk about things that don't make sense ”.
"Life is so. You have to accept things and when he has stayed it is for something. Now we are back to this topic. The most important thing is what the player wants to do later, that's why my opinion is the same. We do things together, with the club and with the player and in the end it is the player who chooses. I've never had a problem with Bale and it has never been a burden. But it is not going to take a peso from me because the position is like that. If it's not Gareth this year it's going to be another. I will always count on everyone and the most important thing is that the players compete ”.
“Now that you give me the opportunity to speak, I want to congratulate Reguilón for the season he has had. He is a Real Madrid player and now he has had the opportunity to go play. We have two players per position and I have two full-backs. I can't have three or four because then it's a mess. I wish to Reguilón the best possible because he had a good season at Sevilla and he deserves to be there now playing with Tottenham ”.