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Khedira issues Real warning

Sami Khedira says Real Madrid have rediscovered their winning touch ahead of the Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg against Valencia.

Real struggled for consistency in the first half of 2012/13, falling well behind Barcelona in the battle for the La Liga title.

However, the mid-season break appears to have energized Jose Mourinho’s team – they defeated Valencia 2-0 in the first leg of their Copa del Rey tie last Tuesday, before thrashing the same opponents 5-0 in the league five days later.

“We have found our strength again and applied that in the recent game (against Valencia),” he said.

“Maybe a couple of players had not been at their best. Especially over the winter break we worked hard. We were compact and really keen on winning. Our forwards converted nearly every single opportunity. That’s why we won against a good side that had no chance.”

Despite their commanding aggregate lead, Khedira has cautioned against complacency going into the second leg at Estadio Mestalla on Wednesday.

“It will be a difficult match against Valencia. They are a good team and we have to be alert in defence.”

As for Khedira, the Germany international credited coach Mourinho as the influence behind his strong form in recent weeks.

“I am feeling very well at the moment and that’s clear to see on the pitch. It is very important for me to have the coach’s faith,” Khedira said.

“My team-mates and coaches are all happy with my performances and that’s what matters most. I will do my utmost to keep up this form.”

Tue 22 January, 2013
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