Win important ahead of Champions League final, says Di Maria

Carlo Ancelotti’s side were comfortable winners in their final La Liga game, meaning they head into next week’s showpiece with momentum

Angel Di Maria says Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Espanyol was key ahead of the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid next Saturday.

Goals from Alvaro Morata (2) and Gareth Bale ensured Pizzi’s late strike was nothing more than a consolation, as Carlo Ancelotti’s side ensured they head to Lisbon with momentum.

Di Maria said: “We wanted to play well, we wanted to step up and show that the result last week was just misfortune.

“The important thing was to win, to play well and put ourselves in the best possible frame of mind ahead of next weekend.”

“We did everything to win the title and it is important that we fight to the end for three competitions, which is what we wanted from the beginning.

“The Champions League is a big game, we’re all very happy and excited at the chance to win the trophy.”

Madrid will hope Cristiano Ronaldo is fit in time for the final after he pulled up with pain in his hamstring during the warm-up.

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