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Nacho: “The coach told me to go to the near post.”

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Nacho, the hero of a huge win at Estadio Jose Zorilla on Sunday night, spoke about a variety of different things after that match, touching on everything from his goal, Kobe Bryant’s passing, Hazard’s return, and the upcoming match against Atletico.

On Atletico Madrid...

“It’s going to be a tough game. Football doesn’t stop and even if you’ve done a lot of good things in the past it’s the present that counts. They have a week to prepare because they are not in the cup and will come and give everything at the Bernabeu. It’s always like that. When someone is down, they come out fighting harder and Atlético is a team with those values. It’s a derby, we’re in very good shape and if we match their intensity with the support of our fans, we can beat them. But first we have to think about the Zaragoza game”.

On Kobe Bryant’s passing...

“I found out after the warm-up. I’m very sad, his daughter was there too. I love basketball and I grew up watching him. It’s a shame and we’ll have to give our families a big hug. I’m mainly stuck by his winning mentality, his hard work every day and believing in himself. That’s what he’s left for a lot of people and we’ll try to remember him always for that”.

On his game-winning goal...

“It was a strange one because I was not going to go up and the coach told me to go to the near post. That’s life, sometimes you are in the right place at the right time and today things turned out well. The first thing that came to mind tonight was that the coach told me to go up.”

”18 players having scored is positive and it means we are all switched on and looking to attack. We need to defend well and the team are doing that, we have kept a lot of clean sheets. There are a lot of players scoring and that is good for the squad”.

On Eden Hazard’s return...

“Hazard is recovering, but you can’t expect him to have minutes now in a week. He’s been back for six days and hasn’t trained with the team yet. We have to be realistic, we’re all waiting for him to come back and help the team”.

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