Real Madrid continued their good run into this year's UEFA Champions League as they picked up three points from last night's match against Ajax in the Bernabeu. A beautiful, world class team effort resulted in the first goal, with an in-form Kaka and Benzema also getting on the score sheet.
It was an okay match for los blancos with alternating periods of dominance, but over all, assistant coach Aitor Karanka, who was stepping in for a banned Jose Mourinho, was pleased with the performance and insists Madrid are only worrying about themselves at this point in the competition. We'll let him do the talking:
If you want to read more about Karanka's take on the match and a certain Brazilian, read his interview here.
Carvalho, Kaka and captain Iker Casillas will give their thoughts after the jump.
Ricardo Carvalho returned to the starting lineup last night after an injury and expressed his concerns over....we'll just let him explain:
The MotM of the night, Kaka, also spoke about the team's performance and his form:
"I'm enjoying football again," he said. I don't feel any physical problems any more. I feel magnificently well and I'm sure I will continue to improve. I want to succeed on this team."
"We feel good about the game. We gave a very good performance and obtained a good victory. We must keep this up. The team responded well to our previous complicated results in the league. We now want to defeat Espanyol and stay on this victorious streak."
"Our next Champions League match will be against Olympique Lyonnais at the Bernabeu. It will be important for us to win in order to seal our pass and leave our opponents to fight for qualifying for the next round."
Captain Iker Casilas was also on hand to give his opinion on the match in the mixed zone.
"[Ajax] were a serious and solid opponent. We played rather well and I think all of those who play make it difficult for the coach to choose. Ricardo [Kaka] played very well and that's what matters: that a player is in good form to help the team."
"We pulled off fast counterattacks, which allowed us to have many chances on goal. We must be calm and win our home games. We must now think about our matches against Espanyol and Olympique Lyonnais. By defeating the latter we would have a foot in the next round."
"We're human and make mistakes. I'm delighted to receive the fans' affection. I will assume my mistakes and try to smile when they happen."
"Real Madrid feel pressure to win this championship since we won our ninth European Cup title. We can win our tenth, but it won't be easy and we have to face up to every encounter. We will fight for it, but it won't be easy."
Real Madrid will hope to maintain its winning streak when they visit Cornella-El Prat to face Espanyol on Sunday. Until then HALA MADRID!