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‘Anything can happen’ – Real Madrid sent El Clasico warning by former star

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As Real Madrid’s grand showdown with Barcelona edges nearer, anticipation continues to build, with many eager to see if the Merengues can extend the lead in the La Liga standings.

The spirit both teams will arrive in is expected to be vastly different, as the Merengues sealed victory over Manchester City in the Champions League while Barcelona tasted defeat against PSG.

However, form often tends to go out of the window in an encounter with such high stakes. And former Real Madrid player Predrag Mijatovic, who has experience playing in a Clasico, argues that this historic rivalry is known to produce its fair share of surprises.

Barcelona can pull off a surprise

“In the history of the ‘Clásicos’, when one team arrived worse than the other, they used to surprise and win,” Mijatovic claimed in an interview with Cadena SER (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

Real Madrid lead Barcelona by an eight-point advantage in La Liga and thus a win could certify their chances of lifting the title next month.

Real Madrid warned about Barcelona ahead of the Clasico. (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)

Mijatovic affirmed that Real Madrid would be well-placed to win La Liga if they win tonight.

“It is a game that everyone wants to see, where the privileged ones are the Madrid and Barça players who can play it. It is a great game that comes in a very positive situation for Real Madrid. If they win, La Liga is practically sentenced,” he said.

Still, despite acknowledging Real Madrid’s ascendancy, the former Los Blancos player and director argued current form is not always a predictor, and anything can happen in a Clasico.

“Madrid arrives in a very nice situation. They are already in the UCL semifinals, they have an important advantage, because eight points are a lot of points, a draw is also a perfect result for them.

“Barça has the obligation to play a good game and win. They are capable of doing so, because in many ‘Clasicos’ in history, when one team was better than the other, they used to surprise and win. Form doesn’t count for much and anything can happen,” Mijatovic concluded.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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