Soldado aims to make former club, Madrid, suffer on Saturday

21:49, December 02, 2010      

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Valencia striker Roberto Soldado aims to make his former club suffer when Valencia visit Real Madrid' s Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Saturday night.

Soldado progressed out of the Real Madrid youth system, but was hardly given a chance in the club' s first team, which preferred to make a series of big money signings. He forged a successful career at Osasuna and Getafe before joining Valencia last summer.

This season Soldado has scored four league goals in eight starts and also hit the target five times in the Champions League.

Valencia will travel to play a Real Madrid still reeling following Monday' s 5-0 humiliation in Barcelona' s Camp Nou stadium. The Madrid players were booed and insulted by a section of their fans as they left Barcelona airport after the defeat and Soldado thinks that the atmosphere in the Bernabeu could help Valencia.

"If they don' t score an early goal then the fans could start to get impatient with them after that defeat in the Camp Nou," he said in sports paper El Mundo Deportivo.

"Our aim is to try and make them think that the game is going to be at risk for them," said Soldado, who none the less remembers his time at Real Madrid.

"I will always feel affection for them, because I spent 11 years of my life at the club, but it has been three years since I left and if I score then I will celebrate the goal with my team-mates, just as I would any other goal," he added.

"We are travelling to Madrid with the aim of causing a surprise, but I don' t feel personally that I have to prove anything to anyone," concluded the Valencia striker.

Madrid will be without suspended defensive duo, Ricardo Carvalho and Sergio Ramos for the game, while strikers Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo are both doubtful because of injury.

Ronaldo has a knock on his ankle, while Higuain has a lumbar hernia and could need an operation that will keep him out of action for at least two months.

Source: Xinhua


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