Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos reflected on the Galacticos’ game at the Wolfsburg Arena and expressed his hope ahead of the second leg but calls on the fans to play their own part.
“It was not the ideal result and obviously the comeback starts now. We have to forget this bad result, believe in ourselves, in the fans and start to prepare the ideal situation for ourselves. I don’t think it was down to an attitude problem. We have to overcome it and get a positive result.
“If we want to get to the semi-finals we have to start the comeback now. I have experienced fantastic times in the Bernabéu and we have the warmth and support of our fans to help us turn the result around. The reality is that we have to deal with a negative result, but I am confident about the 90 minutes we will play in the Bernabéu. We have to suffer as a team and be united to give it our best.
“On Tuesday we have a precious opportunity to turn the tie around at the Bernabéu and get through to the next stage. Hearing the roar of the Bernabéu pushes us forward and we will need that on Tuesday. When that happens, not everyone can cope with it and we hope that the fans will get behind us. We apologise to our fans, we have come back disappointed but you have to turn the page and believe in the comeback because it’s possible to overcome this result.”
Marcelo who also starred for the Los Blancos against Wolfsburg also reflected on the game and commented on the home encounter the Whites face in six days’ time:
“It was a very tough game. We’ve now got 90 minutes back at the Bernabéu and we’re going to give our all to turn things round. We didn’t get off to the start we wanted and they enjoyed more of the possession. Nevertheless, we had our chances. We’ll also get our chances at home and we’ll fight to the death to turn the tie in our favor.
“They broke very well on the counter and we paid for that. The return leg will be another tough game, in which we’ve got to go in search of goals and I’m sure that they will again have chances on the counter. We can’t give up, we’ve got 90 minutes to come at the Bernabéu and we’ll give our all to turn it around. The fans must trust in us.”
Wales international Gareth Bale said: “We’ve still got time to turn the tie around”
“We hoped to have won but sometimes in football these things happen. We know that it is not a good result and perhaps not a good performance either but we have time to turn the tie around.”
Pepe: “The tie is open. We now play at home, in front of our own fans and I’m sure that with their support, we’ll turn the tie in our favor.
“We want to make the Champions League semi-finals, it’s possible and with the support of our fans, we’ll do it. We’re capable of coming back from this deficit, this club has done it throughout its history and we’re going to try to make sure that it happens again. The fans have got to be with us, every one of us is going to give our all to turn the tie in our favor.
“We’ll try not to make the same mistakes in the return leg, as we aim to progress to the next stage. We’re a team and we win and lose all together.” The Portuguese defender added.