Deportivo La Coruña vs. Real Madrid  1 - 2

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Pardeza happy for Kaka

24 February 2013 13:22

Miguel Pardeza has spoken positively about Kaka's contribution to Real Madrid's 2-1 win over Deportivo La Coruna.

Deportivo fell behind to Riki's first-half strike, before goals from Kaka and Gonzalo Higuain late on saw the visitors pick up the three points.

Speaking to Realmadrid.com after the game, former Real forward Pardeza was keen to praise the Brazil international's performance but also highlight his potential impact as the season wears on.

"Kaka has played a very good game and I am happy for him because he's working well," the 48-year-old Spaniard said.

"All the players are important in the long and demanding season we have. We hope it stays that way.

"We are ready and will face our (remaining) games seriously. I am convinced that the team will face all encounters with great integrity and professionalism."

Kaka, who has now scored only three times in his limited outings for Real so far this season, also appeared upbeat about his role at the club.

"I'm getting better and I think things are improving," the 30-year-old said.

"I'm happy to help the team. If the coach needs me I'll be there."

Real Madrid remain third in La Liga with 52 points from their 25 fixtures.

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Karanka: We rode our luck

24 February 2013 06:14

Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka admitted his side were lucky to beat Deportivo 2-1 in La Liga on Saturday.

Riki had put Deportivo ahead before second-half goals from Kaka and Gonzalo Higuain secured three points for Madrid.

While Karanka admitted his side were fortunate

to claim victory, he did praise his team's much-improved performance

after the break.

"I think that the first half wasn't good and that's why we made several changes in the second, to try to improve," Karanka said.

"I don't think it was just the three changes which improved our football.

"From the very first minute of the second half

the attitude was different, and that helped us to overcome Deportivo in

the second half and play much better football."

Karanka was not surprised that Madrid trailed at half-time, insisting Deportivo are a very tough team to play against.

"We know that they play hard every game, and

their coach is well known and well respected, he is from Madrid

originally," Karanka said.

"Obviously we knew what we were going to face

and I think by the end of the first half it was surprising that they

didn't score even more.

"However what was crucial for us was that they

didn't take advantage of their chances and they suffered the

consequences. But in the first half they were absolutely the better

side."

Karanka praised Kaka for his efforts against Deportivo and claimed he was still a valued member of the side.

"His mood helped him and I think that is important for the team," Karanka said.

"It is important because he gives us another

option for the team and the fact that everyone is noticing his good form

is always positive."

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Morata concentrating on Deportivo

22 February 2013 16:42

Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata is wary of the threat a desperate Deportivo La Coruna will pose his side on Saturday.

Fernando Vazquez was appointed Deportivo's third coach of the campaign on February 11, with his side sitting bottom of La Liga.

They are eight points from safety with 14 matches remaining this season, and Morata said his side, who he insisted were focused on the task, needed to be careful.

"We know it is going to be a tough game because every team tries to do their best against Real Madrid," Morata said.

"Besides, they have a new coach and the players always want to fight for their place in the team.

"I am sure they will do their best to escape from the situation they are in and I think they have the team to do this."

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has conceded the title race is over with Barcelona 16 points clear of his third-placed team.

Mourinho's men have huge encounters against Barca – in the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg – and a Champions League clash with Manchester United in the next month.

But Morata, 20, said the focus for Real was on Deportivo.

"Firstly, we have an important game tomorrow against Deportivo and after we will have two vital matches that will determine the direction of the season," he said.

"When we play them we will see but we are conscious we are able to beat them."

Real Madrid drew 1-1 at home to Barcelona in the first leg of their tie, while it was the same score-line in their clash against United at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Marchena: Deportivo must dig deep

20 February 2013 05:49

Deportivo La Coruna defender Carlos Marchena said his side must be united, starting with Saturday's game against Real Madrid.

Fernando Vazquez will take charge against Real after Domingos Pacienca left the Galician outfit by mutual consent after just six games in charge.

Deportivo are sitting bottom of La Liga and have conceded 54 goals in 24 games this season.

But the 33-year-old former Spain international said: "When doubt takes over, the club must be strong and we must grow as people, players and a team.

"It is no secret that a win against Real would help confidence," added Marchena, who has played 17 games for Deportivo this season.

Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +75 100
2 38 +61 85
3 38 +34 76
4 38 +21 66
5 38 +13 65
6 38 +3 57
7 38 +1 56
8 38 -16 53
9 38 +4 50
10 38 -14 47
11 38 -17 46
12 38 -21 45
13 38 -9 44
14 38 -9 43
15 38 -17 42
16 38 -17 39
17 38 -15 37
18 38 -29 36
19 38 -23 35
20 38 -25 34