After the senior team saw their continental campaign driven to the premature closure of Manchester City, Los Blancos’ young stars are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to win what they have never come close to.
Raul’s side will fight for a title
Real Madrid’s U19 face Inter in the UEFA Youth League quarterfinals on Wednesday. And Raúl made it clear that the team is determined to fight for a title that has previously eluded them. After the senior team saw their continental campaign driven to the premature closure of Manchester City, Los Blancos’ young stars are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to win what they have never come close to. “This is a unique opportunity, we have never won a Youth league and want to fight for it,” Raul explained. “These guys, being so young, can survive such an extraordinary match, this Champions League is new to me, but I like it. There is the typical nerve and desire to play that comes with this. But we have to be true to our identity, to what Real Madrid is as a club.
Inter has physical and talented players
When the pressure was put on the qualities of the Italian opposition, Raul was open about his team’s threats. “Inter are a tough opponent like every other team here,” he added. “It is a team that has an obvious way of playing, with physical and talented players, they will make it difficult for us. The most important thing is to be in the center of the game, have as much ball as possible. And inflict as much damage as possible”. Raul enjoyed a positive first season, leading the Youth A team in the Spanish capital, and winning the Youth League would be a reward for his work. “It was a pleasant surprise for me, and it is a privilege to be here,” he said. “We’ve been in business for six weeks now and have such a great opportunity.
We’ll try to win, and when the game is over, we know we can hold our heads knowing that we have given our best.”