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COPA DEL REY | REAL MADRID VS CELTA VIGO

Javi Varas: "It would be a shock if we knocked Madrid out"

"This is a game that the players and all Celta fans should enjoy, and if we can cause an upset, because if we knocked Madrid out it definitely would be an upset, then that'd be great."

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Javi Varas: "It would be a shock if we knocked Madrid out"

Celta Vigo goalkeeper Javi Varas admitted that Real Madrid will still be the favourites when the two sides meet at the Santiago Bernabéu on Wednesday in the second leg of the last 16 of the Copa del Rey, despite the Galicians being 2-1 ahead in the tie from the first leg.

"We take a favourable result with us into the game but it won't be easy to get through," said the goalkeeper.

"This is a game that the players and all Celta fans should enjoy, and if we can cause a shock, because if we knocked Madrid out it definitely would be a shock, then that'd be great."

The former Sevilla goalkeeper, who is likely to be on the bench for the game, with Sergio Álvarez getting the nod for the game, also highlighted the significance of Celta beating Real Valladolid 3-1 last Sunday.

"We had lost three games in a row before the game and the win gives us a bit of breathing space. It was important to bring that bad run to an end and above all re-assert ourselves at home, because our home form will determine whether or not we stay up."

The goalkeeper, like his coach Paco Herrera, declared that Celta's priority this year was the league rather than the cup, and stressed the importance of beating Espanyol next weekend.

"The team's objective is to bring the first half of the season to a close on 21 points, so we must beat Espanyol next Saturday, another team that is in the middle of the relegation fight along with us," he added.

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