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Ancelotti talks Benzema, Modric, Tchouameni, UCL ahead of Liverpool vs Real Madrid

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Real Madrid have been drawn up against none other than Liverpool in the Champions League round of 16, which is, of course, a replay of last season’s final.

Madrid came off better of the two sides thanks to a goal from Vinicius Jr, and a stunning performance from Thibaut Courtois. However, coming into the game tomorrow, both teams are in a mixed place.

Los Blancos are sitting second in La Liga, eight points behind Barcelona, while Liverpool are eighth in the Premier League.

Ahead of this monumental clash, Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the media as part of his pre-game press conference, quotes from which have been relayed in this thread by Madrid Universal.

On the UCL: “We cannot wait to play in the Champions League again.”

On Karim Benzema: “Benzema is fine and will start tomorrow.”

On the UCL final last season: “The final in Paris was an equal game. Maybe they had more possession but tomorrow will be a different game.”

On Luka Modric: “Modric has already shown he deserves a contract renewal. He’s amazing.”

“Modric had a hard time in January. He was not feeling well but now he’s back. His physical condition is great. I’m convinced you will see the best Luka again.”

On Aurelien Tchouameni: “I’m thinking about the XI. I don’t know if it will be four midfielders or three and Rodrygo.”

On Liverpool’s marquee player: “I can’t tell you any particular player like Salah or van Dijk. We will be focused on the whole Liverpool team.”

Source: Real Madrid TV

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown

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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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