Real Madrid need to be calm, patient against Juventus: Dani Carvajal
Madrid, May 12 (IANS) Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal has said that if the team remained "calm" and "patient" during Wednesday's Champions League semi-final second leg match against Italian champions Juventus, they would qualify for the final.
Real Madrid trail 1-2 after losing the first leg of the match away at Turin. The Spanish international said the key is to "keep a cool head, be patient, and not go crazy," reports Efe.
"The game lasts for 90 minutes, we have to try and make the time go really slowly for Juve so that they suffer without the ball," Carvajal said, whose team only needs a 1-0 win in the second leg to advance to the final.
"These are matches where once the ball gets rolling; you focus on playing, eleven against eleven. On Wednesday, we will feel the warmth of our fans, who will surely be our 12th man," he added.
Carvajal believes that the Los Blancos have learned a lesson from the game in Turin, adding that Juventus "created danger when we lost the ball or because of our errors. I believe that if we stay calm, remain really patient and make them move, then the game will go our way."
In addition to considering team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo to be the best player in the world, the right back praised Colombian team-mate James Rodriguez, who he said "is one of the most important members of the squad at the moment".
He also said that once French player Karim Benzema recovers from his injury, he "will surely be important."
Carvajal is looking forward to playing against his friend Alvaro Morata, former team-mate and current Juventus player, while he expressed his hopes for the win.
"We are all trying to make our own little contribution, and I hope we have a great game and qualify for Berlin."