Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari talked to the press ahead of Sunday’s away match against Levante in La Liga. Barcelona secured a crucial win in Sevilla yet Solari refuses to give up on Madrid’s title hopes.
“We prepare for and play each game with the utmost commitment. Tomorrow it’s Levante and it’s our duty to keep fighting for the LaLiga title until the very end,” he said.
Levante have been playing quality football this season and in fact they managed to beat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu last October.
“We’ll have to be wary against Levante because they’re a side that have some very quick players up top. They’ve shown that in their previous games, and last term too, and in the reverse fixture against us. We have to go there and be alert from the off, play our game, press high up, be aggressive when it comes to their goal and dominate possession,” explained Solari.
Real Madrid will be facing Barcelona in the return leg of the Copa del Rey Semifinals next Wednesday and once again they will have less time to rest their legs, given that Barça faced Sevilla today.
“The schedule is interesting, it gives us great entertainment, but because we’re not the ones that decide on it, we see it as a bigger challenge. I didn’t use the word random’ I said that it gives us real entertainment, it really keeps us on our toes and having to play under different circumstances is something we’ll treat as an added challenge,” said the coach.
Vinicius has been playing very well yet it’s clear that he lacks some finishing skills, but Solari isn’t worried.
“He’s a young player, he’s scored goals and will get many more. He’s learning new things every week. He’s got a lot to learn and many very good teachers, because he’s surrounded by the best in the game and we hope that he continues to improve. We’re all here to support him,” concluded Solari.