Abelardo Fernandez hails ‘fantastic’ Alaves after Real Madrid win

Abelardo Fernandez hailed his ‘fantastic’ Alaves side after he made it 19 wins out of a possible 37 on Saturday against Real Madrid.

“We had a great game, a great match,” the Coach, who has turned around the Basques’ fortunes since taking over last December, said after their 1-0 victory.

“We started with a bit of doubt, but from there the team did a fantastic job. We countered Madrid well on the few occasions they gave us.

“On a defensive level we were very good. I leave here very happy. After the match at Levante, we analysed lots of things.

“More than the result I was concerned about the team’s image, but I saw an intense and dynamic Alaves, the one I like to see.

“Things have gone great while I’ve been here, and the credit belongs to the players. I’ve found a fantastic squad.

“I’m not going to say that being joint-top doesn’t bother me, but what I see is that we still haven’t hit our points target for staying up.

“We’re not fighting to be up there, but no-one can take these 14 points away from us. This victory puts us on 14 points, which is a tremendous haul for a team like us.

“The win is also very important because of the team we faced and because we came from a defeat.

“I’m pleased to get back on track, and from there we must keep working hard and with the same humility. As a Coach, I can’t be fooled by the table.”

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