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Arbeloa hoping for Atlético-Barça stalemate on Saturday

Arbeloa hoping for Atlético-Barça stalemate on Saturday

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The Real Madrid defender also reacted to Xabi Alonso's new contract: "If he hadn’t stayed, he’d have been impossible to replace."

Real Madrid’s Álvaro Arbeloa was full of praise for goal-scorer Jesé Rodríguez after his side’s 2-0 win over Osasuna in the Copa del Rey on Thursday.

The Spain defender also admitted that he’ll be hoping for a draw when Atlético Madrid host Barcelona in the Liga BBVA on Saturday.

Atlético-Barça: “They are ahead of Real Madrid. Whatever the result, we have to keep on fighting to catch up with them. If it's a draw at the Calderón, that'd be better.”

First-leg win: “2-0 is a very good result but we can’t be complacent in Pamplona. They always make life difficult for us there.”

Looking for a third goal: “There were doubts about whether to take more risks and go for 3-0, but we couldn't let them get one back. We wanted to get another to give ourselves that cushion, but we also didn’t want to take too many risks.”

Jesé: “He’s doing tremendously well and we hope his injury is nothing. What he’s doing is brilliant; he has to keep it up.”

Xabi Alonso: “If he hadn’t stayed, he’d have been impossible to replace. We would have had to wait until his son grew up. We’re all very happy.”

Gareth Bale: “He did well. We're very pleased to have him back.”

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