Di Maria: I deserve Real Madrid starting spot

The 25-year-old is desperate to convince his coach that he is worthy of a regular berth with the Blancos after scoring twice against Copenhagen in the Champions League
Angel Di Maria is hopeful that his performance in Real Madrid's 4-0 victory over Copenhagen has convinced coach Carlo Ancelotti to keep him ahead of the likes of Gareth Bale in the first team.

6/1 Angel Di Maria is 6/1 with William Hill to open the scoring v Levante
The Argentine was on target twice in the routing of Stale Solbakken's men in the Champions League on Wednesday, with Cristiano Ronaldo bagging the other two in the comfortable Santiago Bernabeu win.

The £86 million man was left out of the Blancos' squad for the European clash through injury, but Di Maria is hoping that his display will make Ancelotti think twice before dropping him in future team selections.

"I keep trying to convince the coach that I want to be in the starting XI," the 25-year-old told Canal Plus.

"I thought we played a great match. We changed the system to three up front and it worked well. The coach has told us that he is very happy."

Real Madrid extended their lead in Group B to four points, as second-placed Juventus - who Ancelotti's men face on October 23 - drew with Galatasaray in Turin.