Sacchi visit: “We spoke about football; he’s someone from whom you can always learn from his experience and understanding of the game. He’s happy about our run of victories and to see the relaxed here”.
Coaching staff dinner: “We have been working very well – as have the players. Everyone is taking their work seriously and professionally, it’s like one big happy family in which there is a lot of respect for each other. Last night was just a dinner to say thank you – we didn’t talk about the club record. What motivates us is continuing to play well. To maintain a good atmosphere we need to keep winning”.
Anti-Atleti chants during the meal: “I didn’t hear any chants, I wasn’t listening but it’s not the right thing to do. There was a flamenco dancer there but I don’t know if anything happened”.
Saturday’s line-up in Isco’s absence: “We didn’t appeal so Isco’s not available, Illarramendi will stand in for him”.
Isco’s one-match ban: “Referees can make mistakes, it happens and that is what happened to us. Isco is in a good moment of form but it won’t affect us for this game as we have Illarramendi who can come in”.
James: “He has quality, determination and he has to continue at the same pace; we’re all delighted with him”.
Praise: “I am making the most of this moment, I have a great relationship with the players and we share the same objectives. I hope this good moment we are all in continues for a long time”.
Celta: “They have been playing slightly differently to how they played last season. Their results tell us everything we need to know – they have won at Camp Nou and drew against Atlético. They are a very dynamic, aggressive team. We will need to see the same kind of Madrid performance as our most recent games”.
Lucas Silva in the winter transfer window: “I’m happy with the squad I’ve got although Khedira has been a little unlucky with a minor problem but Jesé’s back. We don’t need to bring in anyone in January”.
Chicharito: “I understand his position within the squad. We have forwards who are performing well. He will get to play against Ludogorets. He won’t be leaving the club in January”.
Benzema scoring in each of the last six games: “Like the team as a whole, he is in a good moment of form right now. He is enjoying playing with his team mates and they’re loving playing with him”.
Anti-violence measures – including automatic relegation: “I don’t want to enter into the specific details of the law but I am in favour of anything which helps to make a peaceful atmosphere”.
Madrid hitting their peak: “It’s difficult to say if the team can get any better. I think it can. But we don’t have to set limits to the improvements we can make”.
Last league home game of the season: “There a sense of excitement amongst the fans – we can feel it out on the street and at the stadium. It will be the same tomorrow. The Bernabéu is going to help us against Celta”.