Karanka: Madrid did what was needed

Real Madrid assistant boss Aitor Karanka said Los Blancos did what they needed to do to defeat Santos Laguna in Las Vegas.

The Spanish champions emerged 2-1 victors in a stifling 38 degrees of heat and on a sub-standard pitch, thanks to goals from Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira.

“It was a game in which we had to implement everything we have been working on in training,” Karanka told a Press conference.

“As you could see, we are not at the maximum level in our preparations.

“Although not at our best, we have several training sessions and friendly matches before we play in La Liga and the Supercopa de Espana.”

The 38-year-old, a former Madrid player, acknowledged the level of opponent was higher than in the game against Los Angeles Galaxy, while he also felt there were other factors to take into consideration.

“It was a totally different game from the other day. Santos are a team that have already started their League and they clearly came to get a result.

“The Mexican champions showed their physical power and the technique they possess.

“The pitch was also different to what we are used to and perhaps that affected us, yet it was too hot – 38 degrees at 10 o’clock at night.

“However, the important thing is to keep on working so we are ready for the more demanding games, where there is more contact and the players are at the level we want.” 

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