Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari had admitted the players’ performance against city rivals Atletico Madrid is their best performance so far since December 2018.
After playing a 1-1 draw against Barcelona at Camp Nou in midweek in the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg, the Los Blancos continued their journey on the road to Wanda Metropolitano to dethrone Atletico and sits second in the La Liga table five points behind Barcelona who have a game at hand.
Solar in a post-match conference gave his thought on the performance of his players.
He said, “It was a team win and there’s no other way to get something here against a solid and competitive side, particularly when they’re playing at home. We were strong in every facet of the game. It’s probably our best performance since December”.
“It was a very complete display and that’s the only way we were going to take anything here against a team who are better every year.
“They’re a great side with a fantastic coach, we head home very happy. We were good at the back, up top, we pressed brilliantly and were solid on set-pieces, both offensively and defensively”.
“We’re all part of the team and the key thing is the players, who are the ones who train, show the physical commitment and heart in every game.
” The players deserve 95% of the credit for the win. The remaining bit is down to the rest of us – the medical team, directors, fans… Real Madrid always fights to the end and we have to keep going. We have to keep our feet on the ground and continue working hard”.