Jese Rodriguez believes the introduction of both himself and Gareth Bale made a difference to Real Madrid in the 3-0 win over Celta Vigo.
Jese and Bale came on in the 62nd and 65th minutes respectively for Isco and Angel Di Maria, with Carlo Ancelotti’s side struggling to break down a resolute Celta defence, and Karim Benzema opened the scoring shortly afterwards following a Jese assist.
Two late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo then eased the tension at the Santiago Bernabeu as Madrid consolidated third place in the table, five points behind joint-leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
After the match, Jese offered his views on the performance and the challenge he faces to gain a regular place in the side to the microphones of Canal Plus Liga and Gol T.
“It’s true that in the first half we had more problems, but I think when myself and Gareth went on it was noticeable,” he maintained.
“But I work hard and learn from my teammates every day and am very keen. It’s difficult to get into this side but I’ll just have to keep on working and I’ll get my reward. I’m very happy.
“There is healthy competition in the team and everybody competes, but I must respect the boss and continue to work.”
The young striker was asked his reaction to the whistles of derision that accompanied Di Maria when he left the field to be replaced by Bale, which resulted in the Argentine making an alleged rude gesture to the stands.
“I didn’t hear the whistles because I was on the pitch but Angel is a great player and he has our support,” insisted Jese.