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Lucas Vazquez, Fran Garcia react Alaves 0-1 Real Madrid: “In the face of adversity, we know how to unite”

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Playing a man down at Estadio de Mendizorroza, Real Madrid were staring at a poor result in the eye last night. Until the 90th minute, it appeared set that the Merengues would drop points against Alaves.

Yet, as they have done so many times before, Real Madrid stepped up when the pressure was the highest. A late winner in stoppage time helped ten-man Real Madrid to a crucial 1-0 win that has massive implications for the league standings.

Lucas Vazquez, who scored the only goal of the game, spoke to the media after his team’s win on the night and did not hold back in expressing his pride over the group’s attitude and his last-gasp winner.

“It is clear that we are leaving with a very good taste in the mouth. It has been a complicated match in which we have been able to suffer with the expulsion. We have endured until the end and we took a prize that I think is deserved on our part.”

Vazquez then commented on the team’s never-say-never attitude and how they gunned for three points even when all hope seemed lost.

“At no time have we hesitated to want to go for the victory, it didn’t matter to be with one less. The team has not lowered the level at any time and it is to be happy.”

Describing his goal that gave the team a narrow 1-0 win, he said: “I try to block Rüdiger’s mark, I stay in the area, I just drop the ball and I’m lucky to be able to put it in.”

The defender was then asked about his general feelings after the game and the spirit in the dressing room that enabled them to pull off such final-minute wins.

“Very happy. It shows the unity that is in this team. In the face of adversity, we know how to unite and all work in the same direction. It’s very beautiful.”

“We were a player short from early and the team has been able to get together, defend and attack. At no time have we noticed it,” he added.

Finally, Vazquez urged his teammates to maintain the same level next year and aim for the stars.

“It is important for us to go on vacation as leaders. In 2024 you have to try to continue with the same streak, these good feelings and good dynamics. Let’s go for more.”

A crucial win for Real Madrid. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

Fran Garcia happy to end the year with a win

Fran Garcia was the next player in white to talk to the media after the game.

“We wanted to close the year on the right foot and we are happy because we have achieved three important points,” he began, emphasising the importance of the win that brought Real Madrid back on level terms with Girona.

Commenting on the team’s unity after Nacho’s red card, Garcia said: “We knew that we had to be together after the expulsion and there has been a great commitment on the part of everyone.

“We are leaving with a good feeling and now to recharge our batteries, which is the most important thing.”

The left-back went on to describe the team’s last-minute winner and how it was to experience the enthralling buildup from a player’s perspective.

“I was closing in the back and I have seen it very clearly. I have seen how it ran and how it went. It was incredible. Madrid is different and always goes to the end. I’m happy for Lucas.”

When asked about Real Madrid’s unreal ability to steal wins at the end, the defender insisted that it was far more than a mere luck factor involved.

“There is no better way to explain it than today’s situation. That it is repeated so many times is not a coincidence.”

Finally, Garcia completed his interaction by praising the team and their ambition to be the best, saying,

“This group is incredible and we have to come from the holidays with the same ambition that we have shown so far.”

Source: Real Madrid website

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France manager talks Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid, Tchouameni injury

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After unveiling the final squad for France for the upcoming European Championship, coach Didier Deschamps appeared in front of the media to discuss the nation’s preparations for the tournament.

Deschamps was notably asked about Kylian Mbappe and his potential move to Real Madrid in the coming summer.

Deschamps on Mbappe announcement

When asked when Real Madrid may announce the signing of Mbappe, the French coach replied (h/t L’Equipe), “They will decide when it’s time to make it official. As far as possible, I will adapt to the squad.”

This comes on the back of earlier reports which claim that Real Madrid are desperate to announce the signing of Mbappe before the start of Euro 2024.

Mbappe might become a Real Madrid player before the start of Euro 2024 (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The coveted tournament begins June 14, though France’s opening game is on June 18 as they take on Austria in the city of Dusseldorf.

Deschamps also dismissed concerns over Mbappe’s form, stating, “You don’t find Kylian Mbappé in good shape? He only scored 44 goals in the season. It’s true that he could have done better.”

Deschamps on Tchouameni’s fitness

As things stand, a total of three Real Madrid players are a part of the France squad for the European Championship.

One of them is Aurelien Tchouameni, who picked up a knock earlier this month which could keep him out of the upcoming Champions League final.

Deschamps, though, is not worried about his fitness and is hopeful of having the midfielder back for the Euros.

“Tchouaméni? I’m not worried. The deadline is too short for the UCL final but for the Euro it’s more than doable,” he said.

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