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Notes & Quotes: February 9, 2019

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Solari is not giving up on LaLiga, Ramos isn’t either, and Vinicius reacts to Flamengo disaster

Club Atletico de Madrid v Real Madrid CF - La Liga Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Solari is not conceding defeat in LaLiga

Santi Solari refused to give up Real Madrid’s chances in LaLiga this season after Real’s 3-1 win over Atlético earlier on Saturday.

“Real Madrid fight for everything until the end. It’s not over, it’s historic.”

“Now we are second, but we have to keep going because I know that Atletico will keep fighting.”

”They’re a great team with a marvelous coach, now we have to keep this up and keep winning. We have our feet on the ground and know that we have to keep working.”

Real are now 2nd in the league table, five points behind Barcelona. Depending on what happens between Barcelona and Athletic on Sunday, the lead could be larger. But, Real have not shown quit.

Five LaLiga wins in a row is outstanding considering how this team started the season. They’ve done a complete 180 now and Solari is solidifying himself as a true manager. The wins keep coming, most certainly this season will end better than most of us expected just a month or two ago.

Ramos believes Real can still catch Barcelona

Sergio Ramos is another believer in Real Madrid being able to catch up in the league the remainder of this season.

“The league is still to be contested.”

“There are many points in play and any team can complicate your life as it was seen in the first round.”

‘We have that hope and we will fight for the league and make it difficult for Barcelona even though they have a very important lead.”

Ramos found himself in the goal column yet again this match with another penalty kick. No Panenka this time, but Ramos did mock Griezmann’s Fortnite celebration with his own celebration.

He has been a great turnaround as well, particularly in his scoring form.

Solari says Vinicius is affected by the Flamengo tragedy

Santi Solari also addressed Vinicius’ mindset right now after the tragic fire at Flamengo’s facility in Rio.

“Obviously he is affected. It is his home, that’s normal.”

“I insist, it’s something very sad, especially for the families who are affected for whom we want to send them our thoughts and our condolences.”

As Solari mentioned, it is to be expected that Vinicius would be affected since it is his boyhood club and the club he transferred over to Real Madrid from. He was able to put on another great performance against Atlético.

It’s never easy to get fully together for a match when disaster happens like this and directly affects you, but Vinicius was able to at such a young age and still put together a great showing in a huge rivalry match.