Friday January 18 2013
‘Controversy must unite Valencia’

Roberto Soldado has called on his Valencia teammates to use the frustration from midweek as grounds to unite against Real Madrid this week.

Los Che were left aggrieved on Tuesday evening for the performance of the referee during their Copa del Rey first leg quarter-final clash.

A number of tight offside calls against Soldado were matched by Ricardo Carvalho’s suspected handball in the Valencia penalty box and Gonzalo Higuain’s similar action in the build-up to Madrid’s second goal in the eventual 2-0 win for the capital side.

In facing Madrid twice in a period of a few days, in the League this Sunday and the return leg of the Cup on Wednesday, Soldado has called on his teammates to use the negative energy in a positive way.

“I do not think the referee was prejudiced against us. What happened, though, has to serve to strengthen us, to make us stronger,” reflected the forward talking to the Press today.

“The Cup tie really could go either way. We also could have left with a better or worse scoreline because they had further chances too, but what happened at the Bernabeu must make us stronger.

“We are outraged but we have to unite and more so at home with these two games against Real Madrid.”

Football Italia website