James: Malaga made us suffer

James Rodriguez has admitted that Malaga forced Real Madrid to ‘suffer’ on Saturday but insists winning is all that matters.

The Colombian midfielder netted Los Blancos’ all-important second goal in a 3-1 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu, and he was relieved that his side emerged unscathed from their meeting with the Andalucians.

“Yes [we suffered], but we won and that’s what matters the most,” he said after the game.

“We had control of the game and that’s what matters the most.

“As I’ve said many times, in order to win you must suffer and we’ll fight to the end to win the league.

“Hopefully, everyone’s available against Atletico [Madrid]. The games against Atletico are always tough, so we must be focused and have the support of the fans.

“Yes, we’re very concerned [about Luka Modric] but I hope he’ll be fine.

“If he left the pitch, it’s so he could undergo medical tests. Luka has quality, strength, [a great first] touch, vision and goals. He’s a great player.”

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