Casemiro applauds Real Madrid’s resiliency in their win against Leganes

SEVILLA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 18: Casemiro of Real Madrid during the La Liga Santander match between Real Betis Sevilla v Real Madrid at the Estadio Benito Villamarin on February 18, 2018 in Sevilla Spain (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)
SEVILLA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 18: Casemiro of Real Madrid during the La Liga Santander match between Real Betis Sevilla v Real Madrid at the Estadio Benito Villamarin on February 18, 2018 in Sevilla Spain (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images) /
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Real Madrid faced off against Leganes in La Liga Wednesday, the same team that had knocked them out of the Copa Del Rey. Here’s a look at what the players had to say after the match and their social media reactions.

LEGANES, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 21: Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal with his teammates during the La Liga match between CD Leganes and Real Madrid at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on February 21, 2018 in Leganes, Spain.Ê (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
LEGANES, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 21: Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal with his teammates during the La Liga match between CD Leganes and Real Madrid at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on February 21, 2018 in Leganes, Spain.Ê (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

Real Madrid had a rare midweek fixture as they traveled to the Butarque to face Leganes. After the conclusion of Wednesday’s match, Real Madrid is all caught up and made sure to capitalize on their game in hand.

Madrid had gone down early in the first half but through Lucas Vazquez were level just five minutes after conceding. Casemiro added another goal in the first half as a result of some masterful one-touch passing giving Real the lead heading into halftime.

The second-half was stale compared to the first, with some good chances for Leganes. Thankfully, Zidane’s men were able to ward off the attack. In the final minutes of the match, Captain Sergio Ramos put the nail in the coffin from the penalty spot to make it 3-1.

The match did not go as smoothly as one would have hoped but in the end, the three points went Real Madrid’s way. Here is a look at what several players had to say after the match and their social media reactions. Also here is a look at what manager Zinedine Zidane’s thoughts on the win.

All quotes have been taken from the Offical Real Madrid page. 

MADRID, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 17: Casemiro of Real Madrid warms up during a training session at Valdebebas training ground on February 17, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 17: Casemiro of Real Madrid warms up during a training session at Valdebebas training ground on February 17, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Real Madrid via Getty Images) /

Casemiro

Opening Statement

"“We were focussed tonight and I feel good about it all. We came back well and need to keep on in the same vein. The goal came from a great piece of build-up but the highlight is the way we played overall. Leganés are tough rivals at home and are doing well in LaLiga”. “It is important to get the three points when we can and keep climbing that league table. We have to keep sticking it out, there is a long way to go. We were not playing that badly before. Now we are better and the goals are coming”."

The importance of all the players

“Zidane has made it clear that every player is important. We know Lucas and Asensio are well prepared and for Real Madrid that kind of attitude is vital. Bale is also a real key player for us.”

Dani Carvajal

Madrid showing perseverance

“We conceded but the team did well on the whole. The important thing is to keep moving forward. We will keep working to cut the gap in terms of points. Our idea was to notch a few wins on the bounce and see if we can keep going.”

Benefits of the rotation are being shown

“The coach is rotating a lot, we’ve got games every three days and he needs all of us. We’ve got to be well prepared if we want to stay fresh. It’s vital that the coach can trust all of us and whoever plays makes a contribution and plays at the level required. Lucas Vázquez and Asensio are playing superbly and the team are reaping the benefits.”

Injuries to teammates

“Marcelo, Kroos and Modric are three hugely important players for us. It looks as though they might be back for the game. We’ll have to see how they progress, I hope they make it back.”

Kiko Casilla

Ability to bounce back

“We head home happy with the three points. We know we’ve done a great job at a difficult place to come against a team who don’t concede many goals. We reacted well after conceding the goal. We know we’re on a great run of form, I think we’ve finally clicked. We have to keep on with more of the same, running hard and battling.”

Brushing off mistakes

“Goalkeepers are often heroes or villains. For a keeper to make a save with the scores at 1-2, it’s crucial, but I’m more concerned with the way the team reacted.”