Real Madrid secured yet another comeback victory as they defeated Real Sociedad 2-1 on Sunday night at the Santiago Bernabeu to maintain their 100% run this season and return to the top of the La Liga table.
Having gone behind just five minutes into the match, Real Madrid mounted a fightback, and second-half goals from Federico Valverde and Joselu sealed the victory for Carlo Ancelotti & co.
Joselu delighted with the win
Having made vital contributions in the last two matches against Celta Vigo and Getafe, Joselu was once again on target for Real Madrid against La Real, making it two goals in two games.
Speaking after the match, the new signing said: “It was a very complicated and hard-fought match. Real Sociedad try to dominate wherever they play and they have very good players.
“We have to correct a couple of things because we conceded an early goal, but this is the Bernabéu and, with our fans in the second half, we were able to turn it around.”
On pulling off yet another remontada, Joselu said: “We are being consistent and trusting in ourselves. We were going to have our chances despite going behind before half-time.
“There’s a lot of quality in this squad, we managed to come from behind again, we had plenty of clear chances and we deserved to win.”
On his own performance, after scoring two goals in two, Joselu said: “I’m very happy to score goals because they help the team win games and score points.”
Talking about his role and what Ancelotti asks of him on the pitch, the striker stated:
“Depending on the opponents, the coach asks me to be in the box. That’s where I like to be. I try to keep a close eye on the opposition defence and when I get a chance, like today, I try to make the most of it.”
The Spanish international also had praise for his fellow goalscorer Valverde, as he said: “He’s a beast and an animal. You see him run and it seems like he never runs out of space. I’m learning from being here every day.”
Valverde happy to contribute
Valverde also interacted with the media after the match and highlighted the fact that Real Madrid created a lot of chances in the game.
“We had a lot of chances in the first half, but we couldn’t convert them into goals. They had a lot of them as well and on the first chance they scored against us. That affected us, but we kept trying as always,” he said.
Talking about his equaliser, a screamer just a minute into the second period, the 25-year-old midfielder stated: “The goal at the start of the second half gave us the impetus to go for the game in front of our own fans.
“I can’t believe that strike. I’m happy to help the team. Anything I can do for the team, whether it’s scoring or assisting, makes me happy.”
On his connection with his teammates on the field, Valverde said: “I connect very well with Carvajal. We’re getting comfortable. When he goes up, I try to go down a bit to get the ball up. On the other hand, Joselu, Rodrygo, and Bellingham help me a lot by getting inside.”
Finally, he also praised Joselu for his desire and hard work at the top, saying: “He’s always there. Today he tried harder than anyone else in the first half. He couldn’t score, but he put a lot of effort into pressing, and in the end, he gave us the win with a goal of his own.”
Fran Garcia with two assists
Fran Garcia had a difficult game against Getafe before the international break and was subbed off at half-time.
On Sunday night, he produced a strong comeback against La Real, getting the assists for both of Real Madrid’s goals, drawing praise from his manager.
Talking about his performance on the night, the left-back said: “Coming back to the Bernabéu and being able to give the fans love in the form of assists makes me very happy.
“More than just individual work, it’s also down to the team-mates who are able to put the ball in the net. Now we have to think about the next game, there’s not much time left.”
On his role in the team, Garcia said: “In this system, Ancelotti asks us full-backs to give the team depth, width and try to give our best to the team.”
Talking about how it feels to be playing at a packed Bernabeu, the defender stated: “It’s incredible and you enjoy playing here, especially for people like me who have been here all my life. It’s incredible to experience this.
“We have to be strong at home and the support we received was incredible.”
Looking forward to the next game against Union Berlin in the UEFA Champions League, he said: “It’s the competition we like and we’re going to try to repay the fans for the affection they give us in every game.”
Real Madrid defender taken off with an injury against Las Palmas
There just does not appear to be any respite from injuries for Real Madrid.
Just when it appeared that they were close to having their full squad – barring the two long-term absentees – the Merengues have been struck down by fresh injuries this week.
Arda Guler, who was on the cusp of being named in the squad for the Las Palmas clash, injured himself in training on Tuesday.
And now, during the game against Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have lost key defender David Alaba to an injury.
Close to the 40th-minute mark, Alaba went down on the ground clutching his leg and appeared to be in quite a bit of discomfort.
Soon enough, the medical staff arrived to take a look at the Austrian and seconds later he was off the pitch and straight towards the tunnel.
Lucas Vazquez came on to replace the injured Alaba, with Nacho Fernandez moving into the centre-back position alongside Antonio Rudiger.
Alaba’s injury leaves Carlo Ancelotti with just two fit centre-backs in Rudiger and Nacho, which is set to be a matter of great concern.
The hope will be that Alaba’s condition is nothing serious and that he is able to mount a quick recovery.