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James: Basel win a confidence boost for Real Madrid

James Rodriguez has challenged his Real Madrid team-mates to go about replicating Tuesday's Champions League demolition of Basel in the games to come, starting with a trip to Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.

The European champions kicked off their title defence by thrashing the Swiss side 5-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu, with James putting Madrid 4-0 up in the 37th minute after Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo had added to Marek Suchy's early own goal.

Derlis Gonzalez's goal was scant consolation for Basel, whose drubbing was completed by Karim Benzema after the interval.

Pressure has been piled on Madrid and head coach Carlo Ancelotti following some poor performances domestically, but James believes such a strong start in Europe could be a timely boost for their league campaign.

"We hope to continue playing like this and keep scoring goals. This match will give us confidence for what's ahead. Everything came off for us and as a team we did everything well," the Colombia international told reporters.

"I also had a good game against Atletico but I think I was better today. I had a good game.

"I think Cristiano Ronaldo and I have always had a good relationship, we always talk to one and other and he's a great person. 

"As for the group, we are mentally strong."

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