Real Madrid forward Jese Rodriguez says the players never surrender and will keep going to try and overhaul Barcelona in the league.
Los Blancos beat Espanyol 6-0 at the weekend closing the gap on the Camp Nou side to four points. Luis Enrique’s team could extend that to seven points as they still have a game in hand.
Real have now won three and drawn one since Zinedine Zidane took charge and the players have looked visibly happier in training and during matches.
Speaking after the match at the Santiago Bernabeu, Jese, who featured as a substitute, said the players have a duty to keep working hard and fighting to the death for trophies as they are at the biggest club in the world.
He stated: “This is the way we have to keep going and we have to focus in every game, be enthusiastic, in order to make the fans happy. We are Real Madrid, we never surrender, and we want to really go for it in the league.”
Discussing what it’s like to be playing under legendary former Los Blancos playmaker Zidane, he commented: “I have always had a close relationship with him. I am grateful for the trust that he is showing in me. I feel really good and we need to keep working. You can see that he is really close to players as a manager, giving affection to everyone, and he tells us both the good and the bad. He conveys a lot of motivation and joy to us. We have a taken a step up with him in terms of fitness and we are noticing it.”