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Angel di Maria reveals Madrid friends congratulated him

by 15/02/2017 18:11:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Angel di Maria scored twice as Paris Saint-Germain defeated Barcelona 4-0
  • The Argentine celebrated birthday in last-16 UEFA Champions League win
  • The 29-year-old revealed friends in Madrid congratulated him on the result
  • Di Maria reflected on being part of a Real Madrid side that lost 5-0 at Barca

By Dan Ripley for MailOnline

Published: 18:11 EST, 15 February 2017 | Updated: 18:11 EST, 15 February 2017

Angel di Maria is already the toast of the French capital after his two goals helped Paris Saint-Germain thump Barcelona 4-0 in their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday.

But the Argentine has also revealed that his brace at the Parc des Princes was also well received by friends connected with his former club Real Madrid.

The 29-year-old celebrated his birthday in perfect fashion in the last-16 tie by following up a first-half free-kick with a stunning second half strike. 

Angel di Maria celebrates scoring for Paris Saint-Germain against Barcelona Angel di Maria celebrates scoring for Paris Saint-Germain against Barcelona

Angel di Maria celebrates scoring for Paris Saint-Germain against Barcelona

The Argentine scored twice including a stunning long range effort in the second half The Argentine scored twice including a stunning long range effort in the second half

The Argentine scored twice including a stunning long range effort in the second half

Di Maria was part of a Madrid team that were humiliated 5-0 by Barcelona in November 2010 and admitted that the dejection shown by shown by himself following the famous La Liga clash were matched by the Barca players after Tuesday's tie.

'My friends in Madrid have already congratulated me,' Di Maria said. 'I lived the 5-0 defeat by Barcelona to Madrid and finished with the face that today they have finished with.'

Despite PSG holding a 4-0 lead heading into second leg at the Nou Camp on March 8, Di Maria is not convinced the tie is over but did hit back at critics suggesting he was past his best at the start of the campaign.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi looks on as his side suffered a humiliating 4-0 Champions League loss Barcelona's Lionel Messi looks on as his side suffered a humiliating 4-0 Champions League loss

Barcelona's Lionel Messi looks on as his side suffered a humiliating 4-0 Champions League loss

Di Maria (left) reflected on a role reversal of dejection having been part of a Real Madrid team that lost 5-0 at Barcelona in November 2010 Di Maria (left) reflected on a role reversal of dejection having been part of a Real Madrid team that lost 5-0 at Barcelona in November 2010

Di Maria (left) reflected on a role reversal of dejection having been part of a Real Madrid team that lost 5-0 at Barcelona in November 2010

'It's difficult, but everything can happen at the Nou Camp,' Di Maria added. 'What we had trained we have done to perfection. I was considered dead early in the season but things can change.' 

PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi also shared Di Maria's thoughts at having to guard against complacency in the second leg.

'There is a lot of joy, we're very happy,' Matuidi said. 'We played an exceptional match and put four goals past Barca, it's absolutely perfect.

'We have to remember there is a second match, we won the first battle but we still have a second and with Barca we have to be careful.

'We will be wary because nothing is finished even if we are aware that we have done something great.'

 

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