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Real Madrid dressing room holds great respect for Barcelona centre-back

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Ronald Araujo was one of the main protagonists for Barcelona when they secured a 1-0 victory over Real Madrid in midweek’s Copa Del Rey semifinal. It was a disappointing result for Madrid, who have succumbed to a defeat at the hands of their arch-rivals two times this year.

Despite Araujo’s heroics, a recent report from MARCA suggests Real Madrid have great respect for the Uruguayan international.

This is because the defender is considered to be a real professional, who has shown immense sporting integrity and has stood up for what is right. It was evident in the midweek contest when Araujo backed Alvaro Rodriguez.

The incident took place when Rodriguez, who has no experience in professional football, collided with Marc-Andre ter Stegen. It enabled the Barcelona players to sprint to Rodriguez and start hassling the youngster.

But Ronald Araujo prevented the situation by urging his teammates not to heckle the Real Madrid starlet. He physically tried to defend the player using his body – a gesture that was appreciated by the Real Madrid camp.

In addition, Araujo had spoken in favour of Vinicius Junior multiple times in the past, despite the two being direct competitors. It is another indicator of the defender’s sporting integrity that has helped the player establish himself as one of the faces of Xavi’s defensive unit.

Moreover, Araujo is known to be a huge admirer of former Real Madrid superstar Sergio Ramos. The Uruguayan international is greatly influenced by Ramos’ style of play and his aggression. He often watches his videos, in an attempt to improve himself further.

These are some of the reasons which put Araujo in a good light in front of the Real Madrid camp. However, the Barcelona starlet will once again become a rival when Los Blancos take on the Catalans in La Liga later this month.

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Ancelotti devises plan to prepare Real Madrid defensive ace for Bayern Munich clash

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Eder Militao has charted a remarkable recovery to return from an ACL injury he suffered on the first day of the 2023/24 season.

The Brazilian international came back to action in late March, featuring for a couple of minutes against Athletic Club – the very team against whom he had sustained the injury.

Following that, the centre-back has also featured sparingly in games against Mallorca and Manchester City, although he is yet to start a game.

Ancelotti has plan for Militao

Now, AS reports that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has devised a plan for Militao to be ready to go when the team face Bayern Munich later this month in the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg.

Militao is expected to play an important role in the Champions League semi-finals. The coaching staff is counting on him to reinforce the team’s defensive capabilities.

The first phase of his reintegration into the dynamics of the competition, which was more psychological than physical, has already been completed.

Ancelotti has a plan for Militao. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Ancelotti, who has now drawn up a special plan to give him minutes in order to get him ready (physically) for the semi-finals.

First Militao will be used in the Clásico today, depending on how the game goes. Then against Real Sociedad next week, on this occasion, the Brazilian could even likely be a starter.

At centre-back or right-back

Militao will have options to play against Bayern Munich in the centre of defence, alongside Antonio Rudiger, but also at right-back, as Dani Carvajal will miss the game because he picked up his third yellow card of the season at the Etihad.

It will all depend on how the Brazilian performs in the two remaining games against Barça and Real Sociedad before the UCL semi-final first leg on 30 April.

For the second leg, on 8 May, at the Bernabeu, Militao will compete on equal terms with the rest of the back four. There will be one more game between the two contests, against Cadiz, for him to get minutes. That’s what Ancelotti is counting on with the Brazilian.

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