Di Maria ready for rematch
Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:31:00
Real Madrid's Angel di Maria was delighted with Sunday's night's 5-0 thrashing of Valencia, but insisted that does not mean their midweek Copa del Rey rematch is a foregone conclusion.
Di Maria scored twice and Cristiano Ronaldo also grabbed a brace as Real ran out easy winners at the Mestalla, with all five goals coming in the first half.
The two teams meet again at the same venue on Wednesday night in the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final, with Real already holding a 2-0 advantage from the first leg.
But Di Maria know Jose Mourinho's side can take nothing for granted.
"The match on Wednesday is a different match and it will be difficult," he told the club's website. "It's a cup tie and they will set out to win from the start. Hopefully we can repeat what we did".
Assistant coach Aitor Karanka echoed those sentiments, adding: "It will be a totally different match. There is the result of the previous match and the fans will be even more behind their team.
"We have to stick with the way we played on Tuesday at the Bernabeu and even more so with how we did today (Sunday). We have to keep improving and with the confidence and the desire to repeat what was achieved last year. The matches will be different".
Speaking about Sunday's win, Di Maria added: "I had a great match. It says a lot and maybe shut a few of mouths.
"It was a match that we made easy for ourselves. We did things well from the start. It was important to keep our winning streak going.
"There are some matches that are difficult and others that are easier, but this time we had a great match and we went out to press forward as we have been doing and we got a lot of goals. It is an important win and means that we keep closing the gap".
Real are third in La Liga, 15 points behind leaders Barcelona and seven adrift of Atletico Madrid in second.