We have to play like it’s a final, says Daniel Carvajal

We have to play like it’s a final, says Daniel Carvajal

Daniel Carvajal with Bayer Leverkusen

Daniel Carvajal says Real Madrid must treat the match against Borussia Dortmund like it’s a final.

Los Blancos built up a healthy 3-0 lead in the first leg last week in Spain with goals from Gareth Bale, Isco, and Cristiano Ronaldo. But right-back Carvajal said the Bundesliga side will come out fighting and will have the backing of the amazing Westfalonstadion crowd.

“This is practically a final. The lead from the first leg is big, but not conclusive. They are going to come out and give their all and we are going to try and win and not speculate,” he told journalists gathered at a press conference.

And he added: “This stadium puts pressure on you and the first 15 or 20 minutes will be crucial because they’ll be lifted by their fans and will try to score and put pressure on the tie.”

The 22-year-old also spoke once again of his time playing in Germany, and says it the experience taught him the value of hard work.

“It’s only been a year, last year I was playing in Germany and tomorrow I could be on the pitch. It’s an example of what you can get from hard work. It’s a very important match and we’ll approach it with verve and the intention of winning to get to the semi-finals,” he stated.