Toni Kroos was the best player on the field when Real Madrid beat Cadiz yesterday. Coming back after a suspension, he showed the world why the team lost three points in his absence. Not only did he provide the assist for Eder Militao’s opener but also scored a phenomenal goal to win it for his team.
The German international first spoke about his man-of-the-match performance against Sergio’s men and his wonder-goal that captivated fans across the world.
“The way the ball came I couldn’t shoot with the inside of my boot. I was able to help the team with the goal and I’m happy. We put in a good performance, barring the last 10 minutes. We had chances but in the end, we suffered a little with an unneeded goal. I think it was a good game and a deserved victory.”
Speaking on his team’s run this season and the challenges of fighting for every single title every season, he cautioned the team and told them to be ready.
“We’re doing well this season, but it’s still too early. There are a lot of things to be won next year and we’ll be fighting for them.
“Every competition is difficult to win. We’ve got the Spanish Super Cup, then the Club World Cup, Champions League, the league and Copa del Rey. There’re a lot of games and we need to be ready for them.”
He then commented on Cadiz’s resilient and aggressive defense on the night which posed several problems for the hosts.
“The opposition defends their way, we have to remain calm and play our game. If we react badly, we’ll be playing their game, and that’s what they want. You waste time with every argument. I always prefer to stay out of it and play football because we’re a better team. We always find it difficult when the game stops and starts”.
Rodrygo Goes did not have his best outing against the relegation-threatened side and spoke to the media about his feelings after the game. He began by commending the opposition and saying it was an important win.
“It was a very difficult and important win. We could have put the game to bed but the goal we conceded made us suffer at the end and it was tough. The important thing is the three points.”
The Brazilian was the centre of attention when Fali appeared to have punched him in the first half, and accused VAR for not interfering in the matter.
“I think the thing with Fali is not an accident, he did it on purpose. It’s a disgrace because he told me afterwards that he didn’t do anything. I don’t know why the VAR is there. It’s an assault that has no place in football.”
Finally, the youngster spoke about his call-up for the World Cup and revealed his expectations from the global event.
“I hope we have a great World Cup. We want to become champions and I’m there to help my country. It’s always great to play for Brazil and I hope we can have a great World Cup.”
Source: Real Madrid official site
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.