Karanka hails Real Madrid fringe players for El Clasico triumph

Real Madrid No2 Aitor Karanka hailed their fringe players after victory over Barcelona.

Real Madrid No2 Aitor Karanka hailed their fringe players after victory over Barcelona.

First-team coach Jose Mourinho made seven changes from the side that beat the Catalans 3-1 on Tuesday at the Camp Nou in the Copa del Rey.

Karanka said: "You need all your players to deliver in a big game like this, including the ones who play less often.

"Of all the performances of the team, I was particularly impressed with those players. The team have shown that, whoever is playing, they deserve to be trusted."

However, Karanka warned his players against being complacent after the consecutive victories over their biggest rivals, ahead of Tuesday's Champions League last-16 second leg encounter at Manchester United.

"We have to be happy with the result but if we think we have done something extraordinary we could end up regretting it on Tuesday," he said.

"There's no champagne here to celebrate anything, all we'll be doing is working hard while remaining excited about the rest of the season We have to keep going in the same direction."

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