The midfielder spoke to the media ahead of Saturday's game against Real Madrid.


Cádiz midfielder Álex Fernández spoke to the media via video-conference from the press room at the Ciudad Deportiva ahead of Saturday's game against his former side Real Madrid: “It's a special game for me and one I've been looking forward to for some time. Just like my brother and the while of my family. It's a big event in the household and one that everyone is set to relish with added intensity. We’re never going to forget this. As for Cádiz, the team is playing decently and we're adapting well to the top flight.”

Desire to play at the Bernabéu. “It's a shame that we won't be playing at the Bernabéu. For me, on a personal level, I have nothing but good memories from my time playing at Valdebebas [Real Madrid’s training ground and where Saturday’s match will take place]. For my team-mates who don't get the chance to play at the Bernabéu, it's up to us to battle to stay in the division and have the opportunity to come back to Madrid next season and then play at the Santiago Bernabéu.”

Confidence in the team. “I do believe we have a great chance to get something from the game due to the way we play. We are up against the league leaders, a top side and it won't be easy, but I have confidence in the team and hope to be able to take points from Real Madrid.”

Playing against brother Nacho. “It's a strange situation coming head-to-head on the football pitch as we've always played together. We're constantly in touch and the whole family are really looking forward to the game. I've been relishing this game against Real Madrid and playing against Nacho. No matter the outcome, it will be an experience that I'll never forget.”

Referees. “We believe that everything is done in good faith. It's better to forget about the debates over VAR. We have the utmost confidence in the match officials and VAR team and am sure they’ll get things spot on.”

Cádiz now used to life in the top flight. “I think the team are looking good, they’ve adjusted mentally to what it means to be in the top flight. The new recruits have all brought a lot to the team. It would be far from fair for anyone to start doubting the squad.”

Getting better every day. “The coach and I have a great deal of understanding and I know exactly what he demands from me and that includes both playing in a central role or being comfortable when asked to play in a more defensive position. I feel as if I'm a key player in the team and the manner in which we play. With every passing day I feel better and have a desire to achieve great things with the club.”

Confidence in the rest of the squad. “We have very good attacking players and don't feel we need anything more but I'd say that the rest of us need to take a step forward and have confidence in our ability. I enjoy playing with the likes of Perea, Choco and with Álvaro with whom I'm connecting with more and more with every passing day. It's a question of time and this squad will show that, as we improve together, it really is a fine set of players.”

Happy at Cádiz. “There were no offers [from other clubs] that I even thought twice about. I know the unpredictability of the transfer market but as things stand, it will be difficult to get me to leave Cádiz. I'm happy and content here and I feel like an important player in the set-up and want to stay here.”

Praise for Jens Jonsson. “Jens is playing at a really good level and is a fine player. He's doing his best to adapt to his new life by trying to learn the language and tailoring his style of play. He really is a top guy and we all became fond of him very quickly. He'll be a major asset for us and you would always want that type of player in your team.”

Real Madrid to offer a stern test. “Real Madrid have got one of the best squads in the world and if they're on their game it will be difficult to cause them problems. They are solid at the back and always offer a threat going forward. They're not an easy side to beat. At the same time, we're talking about going there to win, we're not considering a draw. We know it will be a difficult task but we plan to take the challenge to Real Madrid”.

The key to taking on the current LaLiga Santander leaders. “I'd say that it's vital to score, as they offer such an attacking threat and the key is to be solid at the back. We're getting better defensively speaking but we're taking on a top side. We need to take the lead and make them feel uncomfortable.”

The team will go to Valdebebas with no inhibitions. “We'll be ready for the challenge from the offset and I’m confident that we'll be fully prepared for the game. It's another league game in the fixture list but we're well aware of the side we'll be facing. There will be no room for errors and we need to be aggressive from the first minute when we step on the pitch.”