Lucas Vazquez insists Real Madrid don’t fear any potential Champions League opponent after knocking out Roma.
The winger came off the bench in the second leg against the Italians and has been credited by sections of the Press with changing the game in Los Blancos’ favour, setting up the opener for Cristiano Ronaldo.
“The Coach decides who plays. I always try to seize the opportunity and give the maximum,” AS reports Lucas replying when asked if he was disappointed not to start the tie.
“[The Coach] has no need to explain his decisions. I’m a professional and I accept them.”
Madrid now await the draw for the quarter-finals but Lucas doesn’t care who the opposition are, as he notes Madrid should be strong enough to get past anyone.
“There are no easy opponents in the [Round of 16]. Roma are a great team and we knew they’d create danger. We endured and the victory was fair,” he said as he reflected on Tuesday’s fixture.
“There’s no rival to fear in the quarters. We are Madrid. We have the level to win the Champions League. There are always things that can be improved but this is the line to follow.
“There are stronger and weaker opponents, as always, but no easy opponents. Teams want to play Madrid? They’re wrong because we are a great team.
“Keylor Navas had a great game. He does a spectacular job and again demonstrated the great goalkeeper he is.”
The interview with Lucas concluded by gauging his international aspirations, but he replied he is focused only on the day-to-day.
“It would be amazing. I’ll concentrate on my work and whatever happens, happens,” he noted.