Real Madrid defender Marcelo admitted his surprise on his substitution in Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Girona. Marcelo left the match at the hour-mark and Raphael Varane came on. The 30-year old said that he had no physical issues hence the substitution came as a surprise to him.
Marcelo said, “I was surprised by the substitution but I respect the decision of the coach, I wanted to continue because I felt 100 per cent. We are on the right road and I am sure we are going to improve with each game. We played well today and we got the three points.”
When asked about the substitution, Real boss Julen Lopetegui said, “We wanted to tighten things up down that side and focus on being good in the air, an area the opposition are very good in.”
Real conceded first but a brace from Karim Benzema and one goal each from Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale sealed the win. FOllowing the match, Benzema said. “We’re satisfied with the win because they’re three very important points away from home. We’ll look to continue on in the same vein. We’re keen to perform well in LaLiga this season.
I’ve been here for 10 years and always work hard for the team. I’m raring to score a lot of goals and help the team to pick up silverware. Football isn’t all about goals, it’s about winning games and playing well. I’ll be trying to score a lot of goals to help the team.”
Gareth Bale also expressed his pleasure about the win. He said, “Starting well is key in LaLiga and we are happy with the win over Girona. We know the game lasts 90 minutes, not 45, and we have to take our chances. That’s football. I am ready to help the team, we are united, we work well together and want to win every trophy possible. I’d like to take penalties, but the coach decides, and I have to respect his decisions.”
Real Madrid play their next La Liga fixture at home against Leganes.