James Rodriguez suggested Real Madrid’s backup players perform so well as they know they must take the most of ‘small opportunities’.
The Colombian netted twice in Wednesday’s 6-2 victory for Los Blancos at Deportivo, with Alvaro Morata, Lucas Vazquez, Isco and Casemiro also finding the net.
"I don't know, maybe it's because we play a little and when we have those small opportunities we can do good things," James is quoted as saying by Marca when quizzed about why the second string have played so well.
"The two teams [first XI and fringe players] always play well.
“My celebration against Deportivo? It was for my four-year-old daughter.
“There are five matches and all will be finals for us. We will have to face them all – and the Champions League semi-finals – with great desire."