Kaka turns attention to LA Liga clash…
Real Madrid midfielder Kaka has stressed the need for the team to be completely focused on Sunday’s Primera Division clash with Valencia following their Champions League success this week.
Madrid set up a meeting with Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the European competition by beating APOEL Nicosia 5-2 in the second leg of their last-eight tie, completing an 8-2 aggregate triumph.
The gap between the top two has narrowed of late, but Kaka is determined to keep Barca at arms length and told realmadrid.com: “We must only think about our game against Valencia now. That’s our most important match right now because we have a six-point lead over Barcelona in the league and we want to keep it that way.”
A first Champions League final in 10 years – and one against Spanish rivals Barcelona, who face Chelsea in the last four – could be beckoning, but Jose Mourinho’s men also have a domestic title challenge to worry about.
Currently top of the table, six points ahead of Barca with eight games to play, Madrid could find their lead cut to three points by the time they host third-placed Valencia on Sunday night, with the Catalan side playing strugglers Real Zaragoza a day earlier.
Kaka may want thoughts of the Champions League to be put to one side for now, but he was delighted to score a spectacular goal against APOEL.
The 29-year-old said: “It was one of my most beautiful goals. I am growing increasingly confident in my game and touch on the ball.”
Kaka and Madrid will be hoping that Zaragoza can keep up their recent run of form when they welcome Barca to La Romareda.