Karanka: “The outcome of the league has not been decided. We’ve been saying this for a long time. We know who we are & where we stand. We said this two months ago when some people believed we could be greeted as champions at this stage, & we said it again three days ago when everyone thought we would lose. We’ve always been confident. We must continue working hard, fighting & believing in ourselves.”
Cristiano: “The team is in good form, confident & ready for its next game. I’ve been one booking short of a suspension for two months, but I’m behaving myself.” [videos: English / Spanish]
Callejón: “I always try to do my best. I’ve supported Real Madrid since I was a kid, & I always will.” [video: Spanish]
Alonso: “My booking was circumstantial. These things happen in a match, & I was reaching my limit.” [video: Spanish]
Ramos: “Taking three points was vital after drawing against Valencia. A team like Real Madrid lives with pressure, but we know how to withstand it and we have to be ready for everything. Each match is a matter of life and death. We earned an important victory tonight. Everything turned out well and we’re calm.” [videos: English / Spanish]
Pepe celebrated his 150th official appearance with the club Wednesday night.
Cristiano Ronaldo became the 1st player to score 40 goals in consecutive seasons in the history of Europe’s top 4 leagues (Spain, England, Italy, Germany).
Real Madrid is the 1st club to score 2,000 away goals in the Spanish league.
Sergio Canales, who is on loan to Valencia, made his return to the pitch after a long recovery from a knee injury back in October. In less than 10 minutes on the field, he assisted a goal (88’) against Rayo.