I’m happy to be part of manager’s plans, says Angel di Maria

I’m happy to be part of manager’s plans, says Angel di Maria


Angel di Maria has spoken of his delight at returning to the first team and grabbing a goal in the Champions League win over Galatasaray.

With the so-called BBC trio of Bale, Benzema and Cristiano producing sensational displays in recent weeks, the likes of di Maria and Isco have found it hard to force their way into Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.

But with Ronaldo injured and the team having to be reshuffled thanks to the injury to Sami Khedira, both players made an appearance in the 4-1 win, and scored a goal apiece. And speaking after the game, the 25-year-old Argentina winger told reporters he was happy to get some game time and hoped he gave Ancelotti some food for thought.

“I’m happy because things are more complicated when you’re not playing and you want to prove every time you play with the team that you’re there to help,” he said.

He also spoke of his delight at the club having progressed to the last 16 of Champions League with a game to spare, and having secured top spot already. In effect, it means the final group match against FC Copenhagen is a dead rubber, and Los Blancos can focus their attentions on the Liga until after Christmas.

“I’m thrilled with the win. The team made a huge sacrifice to get the win playing with a man down in the second half, but now we’re qualified for the Champions League round of 16, which is what we wanted” di Maria said, before adding “We’re in form and things are going well for us. We have to continue growing as a group. We have a big squad and it works out well whoever plays.”