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Callejon upset by set-piece defending

SoccerNews in La Liga 9 Dec 2012

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Real Madrid winger Jose Callejon says he is irritated by the number of goals from set-pieces his side have conceded.

Jose Mourinho’s men recovered from going down 2-1 away to Real Valladolid after a double from Manucho, with Mesut Oezil scoring twice to hand Madrid a 3-2 victory.

The former Espanyol star said he was happy with the win, and praised his side’s reaction after falling behind.

“Valladolid went ahead twice, but we managed to react well to get ourselves ahead and hold on, because they made things difficult for us,” the 25-year-old told the club’s official website.

“We came back with a good goal from Oezil, and I am happy with the match, now we can’t drop any points.”

But Callejon also spoke of Madrid’s poor record of conceding from set-pieces, and said the side must rectify those problems if they are to cut Barcelona’s lead.

“These sorts of goals bother me, because we have to be more alert and correct those mistakes,” he said.

“The set-piece situations, where opponents use their height advantage, are something we need to keep working on so that what happened in this match does not happen again.”

The La Liga champions travel to Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey in midweek, before facing Espanyol at home next weekend.

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