Keylor Navas: We didn’t give in

Keylor Navas: We didn’t give in


Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has hailed his team mates for not giving in despite the tough circumstances they found themselves in at the Camp Nou on Saturday.

Facing their biggest rivals on their home turf Los Blancos fell behind to a Gerard Pique goal. WIth Luis Enrique’s men on a 39-game unbeaten run and Real’s best hope of silverware being the Champions League, some would have understood if Real had slipped to defeat.

But the responded through a brilliant Karim Benzema bicycle kick. Sergio Ramos was then sent off with seven minutes remaining but Cristiano Ronaldo managed to find a winner just two minutes later.

Navas told reporters afterwards he was delighted with his team mate’s character.

He stated: “I think that we put in a great performance, all of the players made a massive effort. Barcelona opened the scoring, but we didn’t give in. We knew what we needed to do and I think that all of my teammates did an excellent job.”

And he continued: “We know that we have to fight right until the end and give one last push. We’ve very happy, I think that this is a special moment. It was my first Clásico and it was a good experience. I’m playing and I’m feeling very confident, my teammates help me out a lot. Now it’s the Champions League and we musn’t ease off and we have to continue on in the same vein.”

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