Mata hopes to avoid Real backlash
Real suffered a 5-0 thrashing at the Camp Nou on Monday, their first defeat under
Mata, who came up through the youth ranks at the capital club before moving to the Mestalla in 2007, said: "I think they will come out hard to try and win and forget the game from the other day, but I hope we don't have to pay the penalty for that. Their fans are going to be demanding after such a big defeat, but we are going there to win.
"We are going to try and create problems for them, and after not doing so well in recent trips to big grounds we have the desire to do things well and bring something good back to Valencia." Valencia have taken just one point from their trips to Barcelona, Sevilla and Villarreal so far this season.
Real's headaches do not end with their mauling by Barça. Suspension means they will be without two key defenders in
Regarding Real's absentees, Mata told Super Deporte: "They are important losses for them, especially at a defensive level, but [
Aside from their defeat at Sevilla, Valencia are in a decent run of form with six wins and two draws from their last nine games.
Unai Emery's side are fifth in the Primera Division standings, ten points behind leaders Barcelona and a point adrift of Espanyol in fourth place.