Liverpool’s Kolo Toure says he was proud of the teams performance in Madrid, although was naturally disappointed with the result.
The 33-year-old was one of the shock players selected to start in the Bernabeu, but produced an outstanding performance in the heart of the defence alongside Martin Skrtel.
“I know we lost but I am very happy because we played a really good game,” Toure said.
“At end of the day everyone worked hard and showed so much determination.
“We had a lot of players out there who haven’t played many games this season but we showed what a good squad we have.
“It doesn’t matter what players play here, they will give 100%. You have to be ready and we showed that.
“As a team, we worked so hard and I am really proud of the boys. We could have got a draw out of it.”
It was the first time Toure had started in a competition other than the League Cup since February.
“I have missed games like this,” he said.
“I play with my heart and I am ready to fight for my club.
“These are the kind of games you remember all your life. The last game I played here was with Arsenal when we won.
“People were saying we had no chance against Real Madrid but that gave us motivation.
“When you don’t play a lot and a manager gives you a chance to show what you can do you give everything you have got.
“That is what happened and that’s the way we need to play in every game now. We all showed the manager we will fight.”