Many madridistas all around the globe today were celebrating the six point gap... I mean the 4-1 win over Atletico Madrid in the derby. Although it was a somewhat nervy performance at the beginning, two penalties and two lightning fast goals would hand los Blancos their thirteenth straight victory. Not bad at all.
So it was a happy atmosphere yesterday at the Bernabeu as the coach and players reflected upon the important match:
Coach Jose Mourinho was on hand to give his thoughts in the post-match press conference. He was pleased, but you can probably imagine that he wasn't too impressed with Atletico's discipline as well as a little cautious about the future:
"My team wanted to win. My men didn't want to play an ugly or rough game [...] We played to win and won despite our limps. Luckily we had carbon fibre shinpads that work really well. [...] We played with discipline and only received one yellow card in the entire 90 minutes[...] My team always played well. It was ambitious and motivated. It was also emotionally controlled. We must now be patient and keep our vision. Our streak will eventually come to an end... "
Thumbs up on attempting to be subtle "Special One."
The footballers were also on hand and gave their opinions to the press:
"We knew it would be tough [..] I'm happy because I had 30 minutes in which to do my very best. We're happy with this victory because it allows us to continue topping the tabe."
-Gonzalo Higuain (source)
"Atletico tried to stop our game and that's why they saw so many yellow cards. They were tough. It was important to win and we're very happy to have done so."
"We now only think about our match against Sporting Gijon. It's been difficult for us to win at their stadium in the last few years and we should use this week, in which we'll play no other games, to prepare well for it. Our thirteen [game] victory streak is spectacular and we must keep up the good work."
-Iker Casillas (source)
"We are very motivated and looking forward to keeping up this good work. This is the path we must follow in order to achieve our goal to be champions. The manager wanted me as a started and I'm happy for getting the chance to play. I luckily played and scored again tonight. This builds my confidence."
-Angel Di Maria (source)
"I'm very happy for being in such good form. I would be delighted to be right back, but I have teammates that play brilliantly in that position. If there's someone who know about our football, that's our manager who is capable of bringing out the best in us. The team's reaction today was truly great."
-Sergio Ramos (source)
You can read the full length interviews here.
It's really great that the team is feeling so confident and looking ahead right now. With El Classico about two weeks away, Real Madrid really have to keep focus. But knowing Mourinho, he's not going to let them celebrate just yet.