James Rodriguez said the style of play adopted by Real Madrid in their 2-1 win over Cordoba was different to how fans expect them to play but the three points were no less glorious.
Los Blancos were made to work hard for the win, coming from behind after the conceded a third minute penalty. Cristiano Ronaldo was the villain on the day, getting a red card 10 minutes from the end – the ninth of his career – before Gareth Bale saved the day with the 89th minute winner.
Speaking to reporters after the match, Colombian Rodriguez, who recently was named as the Goal of the Year winner by Fifa for his effort against Uruguay in the World Cup, said Real showed they could be grafters when they needed to be.
“They played intensely and were solid at the back. Winning like that is also a glorious feeling. We fought and were made to suffer a lot and I think it was a fair result,” he said to journalists.
He added: “Other teams always give it their all against us. We have to be well aware that we are Real Madrid and we always have to go out to win. It can sometimes be difficult to win or get into a game when a team shuts up shop at the back”.