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Nacho, Asensio react after Real Madrid’s victory over Valencia: “Fight until the end”



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Real Madrid scraped through to the final of the Spanish Supercup with a penalty shootout win over Valencia last night. Nothing separated the two sides at the end of 120 minutes, but two missed penalties by Los Che coupled with perfect conversion by the Real Madrid players helped them through.

Nacho Fernandez started the game at left back on the night and played the full 120 minutes. He made a whopping 16 defensive contributions in that duration in addition to a key pass and a 94% pass accuracy.

The Spaniard spoke to the press after his team’s win over Valencia and talked about his performance and the difficult game among other topics. Here are the snippets from his interaction.

On the hard-fought game: “It was tough. Winning a match with extra time and penalties is never easy. Valencia were good and it was a very competitive match. We had two chances and in the end, luck went our way in the penalty shootout. We’re delighted to be in another final.”

On repeating their mistake: “Their goal was the problem. We came out after the break and in the first attack, they scored. It’s something we have to work on because the other day at Villarreal we conceded right after the break. We’ll try to correct these mistakes in the next few days.”

On the change of position: “I’m used to it and I have no problem. For me, I’m happy to play, and I don’t care about the position. I feel much more comfortable at centre-back, but I’m happy to be playing.”

On Carlo Ancelotti: “He gives us motivation, confidence in ourselves. These are moments when perhaps the team’s under more pressure, but we’re confident because we’ve put a lot of work into it. It worked out well in the end.”

On his confidence in the squad: “I’ve got confidence in my teammates and Courtois of course because they’re the best. We have tremendous confidence in Courtois, not only for penalties. Every game he proves that he’s the best goalkeeper in the world. It’s great to have him in the team.”

On the chance to defend their title: “It’s a unique opportunity. Anything that means winning titles with this club is wonderful. We have had another chance to lift another title in recent years, which have been incredible. We have to battle and fight until the end.”

Marco Asensio started on the bench but came on in the 84th minute and played the extra-time segment. The winger also gave his two cents to the media after the game.

On the overall performance: “It was a complicated game, with little rhythm from both teams. It was tough for us, but the important thing is that we’re in the final and the running for another title.”

On Valencia’s goal: “We expected the second half to begin with high intensity. The goal upset our plans a bit, Valencia pressed and played very well. We kept creating chances and it could have gone either way. We went through on penalties and we’re very happy.”

On the road ahead: “We wanted to score a goal as soon as possible and avoid penalties, but the ball wouldn’t go in. We’re fine, happy, where we want to be and on Sunday we’re in the final and in search of another title. We wanted to reach the final and try to win it, no matter who our opponents are.”

Source: Real Madrid official website

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Real Madrid veteran tipped to stay at club by ex-star: “His wish is to renew”



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Real Madrid are in for a busy summer ahead. While the club are expected to undergo a massive squad overhaul, they are also facing pressure to renew the contracts of some of the most established players in the squad.

Luka Modric is among the list of veterans, who have their contracts expiring at the end of the season. At the age of 37, there has understandably been a layer of uncertainty over his future at Santiago Bernabeu, especially amid interest from Saudi Arabian entities.

The Saudi league has reportedly offered Modric the opportunity to join any club of his choice in the Middle East nation, with a two-and-a-half-year contract worth €40 million per season.

But in a recent media interaction, Predrag Mijatovic, former Real Madrid player and close friend of Modric, has backed the veteran Croat to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.

“When Luka Modric is well, Real Madrid plays much better. His wish is to renew one more year,” said Mijatovic (h/t El Larguero), who played for Real Madrid from 1996 to 1999, featuring in 118 competitive matches for the club.

Mijatovic’s comments confirm recent reports suggesting how Modric is leaning towards a prolonged stay at Bernabeu. It appears the ageing midfielder has no desire to accept the lucrative terms coming from Saudi Arabia just yet.

The former Tottenham star is confident of his abilities to continue at the highest level for at least another year before he can the next and final step in his career.

Since joining Real Madrid in 2012, Modric has featured in 462 competitive matches, racking up 36 goals and 74 assists. His contributions have been crucial to the club’s success over the past decade. Whether or not the midfielder is now willing to extend his stay for a further year remains to be seen.

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