Di Maria: team needs to be in perfect shape to hurdle Dortmund


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For Angel Di Maria, opposing squads need to be at the top of their game to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The Real Madrid winger said they have to be in excellent form to overcome the Germans in the first leg of their Champions League semifinals clash on Wednesday at the Allianz Arena.

He warned that Jurgen Klopp’s side is likely to pose a significant threat – just as it accomplished during the group stage.

“We have two very important matches against Borussia Dortmund and we know it will not be easy. We struggled against them in the group stage and I believe that it will be the same this time,” Di Maria told the club’s official website on Monday.

The Argentine player added: “They are a very similar team to us, with a very strong counterattack, and they are also on a good run of form. We have to do things at 100 percent to get through the tie.”

He also lauded Madrid’s German duo of Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira, and believes the midfield stars’ development is key to their future success.

“They have both improved tremendously and have developed well in every way. They are both playing the best football of their careers so far,” Di Maria added. “Sami is doing really well and the coach really acknowledges that. Mesut is getting a lot of assists and both of them are vital to us.”

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