Parejo: I behaved as I should

Dani Parejo has revealed his reasons for barely celebrating his goal for Valencia against Real Madrid last night.

Parejo scored Los Che’s second of the contest to restore his side’s lead. Jeremy Mathieu had previously put Valencia in front, only for Sergio Ramos to level.

Cristiano Ronaldo eventually pegged back Valencia once more but Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side led through Parejo until injury time.

Speaking after the match, the midfielder revealed why he celebrated only modestly despite netting an important goal.

“I’ve grown up here and I was made here. I had many beautiful experiences here and I’ll always have respect for what Madrid has given me,” he said, according to AS.

“I behaved the way I should behave.

“In the end, a player who has spent several years outside and has been in several teams, I support some colours and for the rest I want to help my team.

“Football must be fair and you must try to win. The League deserves that.”

Parejo was asked for his thoughts on Valencia’s season so far and replied that he feels it’s gone well, despite some difficulties and the disappointment of going out of the Europa League in the semi-finals.

“I’m happy because I’m playing and things are going well,” he added.

“It’s been a difficult year in the League but we reached the semi-finals of the Europa League.

“We still have two big games and we have to give everything until the end of the year.”

Parejo commended League leaders Atletico Madrid on their form but said that with two clubs the size of Madrid and Barcelona in the hunt, the title was up in the air.

“Atletico are doing something amazing, they have a lot of merit, and there are no words for it,” he said.

“Madrid and Barcelona are great teams but the beauty of football is that there are two rounds to play and we don’t know who will win.”

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