Real Madrid coach Julian Lopetegui said his team beat Espanyol 1:0 despite tiredness and a lack of control in the second half, during a press conference after the Liga match in Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Saturday.

"In the last 15 minutes, we lacked control. Accumulated tiredness also affected us, we come from where we come from, an emotional and physical exhaustion from three days ago," Lopetegui said referencing to Real Madrid's Champions League win against AS Roma on Wednesday.

"The most important and positive thing is that the team got three points, it knew how to suffer in moments of difficulty," Lopetegui added.

"I think we have done a good job in filling up spaces and gaps, producing a centre," said Espanyol coach Rubi during the press conference. "I give it credit because it is very difficult to come here and make [Real] Madrid a bit uneasy. It's already something."

Real Madrid's only goal on Saturday was scored by Marco Asensio and awarded by VAR four minutes before half-time, allowing Los Blancos to move to the top of La Liga.

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SOT, Julian Lopetegui, Real Madrid coach (Spanish): "We suffered in the second half because it was a very complex match, it's because of where we and our rival come from. It's a merit of the rival as well, I believe it has a very well structured team, both in attack and defence, with very good players and a good coach. [We also suffered] because we didn't achieve a second goal on time. Especially on the second half, we had a clear motion at the beginning of the second half. And so that's how you have a nervous match, they kept believing and at the end, in the last 15 minutes, we lacked control. Accumulated tiredness also affected us, we come from where we come from, an emotional and physical exhaustion from three days ago. These after-Champions League matches are always very dangerous, we know that."

SOT, Julian Lopetegui, Real Madrid coach (Spanish): "The most important and positive thing was that the team got three points, we knew how to suffer in moments of difficulty. One must do that in order to aspire to win a League. We are happy for that. There will be many interpretations but my main view is that we knew how to suffer a match that was difficult because of our rival and because we didn't know how to close it when we had the opportunity to do so."

SOT, Julian Lopetegui, Real Madrid coach (Spanish): "I believe that, considering the difficulties we knew the match would have and the circumstances in which we were, the team has done a great effort and achieved three very important points."

SOT, Rubi, Espanyol coach (Spanish): "I think we have done a good job in filling up spaces and gaps, producing a centre. It was difficult for [Real] Madrid to find holes, knowing that they made us run a lot because in the first part they made us run a lot. But good, our plan went quite well. I give it credit because it is very difficult to come here and make [Real] Madrid a bit uneasy. It's already something."

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