Real Madrid’s tough victory is being cherished by the whole squad including goal keeper, Iker Casillas, who considered the match as one of their most difficult tie adding that the victory could very well be the one ensuring their La Liga title.
Casillas gave lots of credit for Vallecano’s performance but revealed that the venue along with match time also provide some issues for Madrid on that match, as it’s not something common for the Los Blancos players.
“This was our hardest game this season. We had a rough time. The venue and the time make this sort of game very difficult… But Real Madrid played very well, defending solidly and taking three points that may be worth a league title,”
Casillas also admitted that Vallecano gave plenty problems for Los Blancos on the game, especially from set pieces which eventually forced Jose Mourinho to give more instruction during half time break for the Madrid players. Mourinho’s words obviously was pretty successful as not only that the Galacticos managed to grab the only goal in the second period but they also survived some scares especially in the final minutes where the home team were pushing up for the equalizer.
“Rayo deserve a lot of credit because they did very well and we found it very hard to defeat them. They had several chances on goal, especially in set pieces, but we also deserve credit because it was hard to take three points. Cristiano’s amazing goal is very important to us. The coach wanted to motivate us in set pieces so that we kept our position and didn’t lose focus,” Casillas added.
The hard fought victory will definitely lifted Madrid players’ confidence as not only that the three points kept their current 10 points gap with Barcelona in tact but winning a tough game usually does provide a morale boost for any teams. Despite haven’t been able to beat Barca as just yet this season, Mourinho’s team obviously wouldn’t really mind as long as they does snatch the La Liga title by the end of season.
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