January 7th, before the La Liga match against Real Madrid, Villarreal defender Paul
-In an interview, Torres talked about his next opponent and rumors about his own transfer. He said that beating Real Madrid is what everyone wants to do.
Will you be one of the protagonists of the transfer market again?
Paulo Torres: "No, I don’t think so. I’m calm and I’m eager to help the team in the second half of the season. The World Cup marks the end of the first half of the season and after that we have a lot of positive things to compete and we’re eager to do
Up to this point. We remain positive for the remaining three competitions of the year and we look forward to a great finish to the season."
You have never won against Real Madrid, is that one of your biggest motivations?
Paul Torres: "It’s very special to beat a team like Real Madrid or Barcelona, I haven’t won against Real Madrid, but in fact, since I’ve been here, we’ve played against Real Madrid.
It was a good performance but we couldn’t win. This is another challenge for me, beating the best team is always great and beating Real Madrid is something everyone wants to do."
What does it take to win?
Paulo Torres: "In this type of game, the key is to take the chances we have. We know we need to give 100 per cent to win because the opponents are very united, they are very direct and they will take any chance
… We have to be very vigilant in defense, we can’t let them run because once they have space, they will be very decisive. We will try to keep the ball as much as possible, we think that is the best way to hurt them.
What kind of team do you think Real Madrid is?
Paul Torres: "They are a team that can play a lot of changes. We saw that they can score goals easily and use any space to hurt you. The ability of opponents like this needs no explanation."
Facing Real Madrid is like playing a final?
Paul Torres: "The best thing is to let every player show their best performance on the court and let the opponent see us put into the game. If it can hurt the opponent, we will do it. But
The most important thing is that we don’t have to give up anything to win Real Madrid."
On Vinicius and Benzema
Paulo Torres: "Vinicius has shown that he is a decisive player when given space and we have to mark him close and not give him too many options. Benzema is the latest Ballon d’Or winner,
He’s a great player and he’s gotten better and better in recent years. Every little chance he has, he’s going to take it, so we’re going to try not to give them any chances and we’re going to try to do that."
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Paulo Torres: "I don’t know how many people are talking about me, but at the end of the day, it’s a rumour. I never got a call from anyone, I’m always focused on the club. When a player is going to play this type of game
He always wants to give it his all."