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Barcelona icon reveals why Real Madrid dominate in Europe



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Real Madrid conquered the UEFA Champions League for the fifteenth time earlier this year, further cementing their history as one of the greatest clubs of all time.

The team’s run to the title was impressive in multiple ways, especially considering how they knocked out champions in Bayern Munich and Manchester City along the way.

Having won the title six times since 2014, the Merengues are undoubtedly considered the kings of the competition and have established themselves as the team to beat. The confidence, at this point, is visible in the players’ calmness on the field.

Speaking to AS in a recent interview, Barcelona and Spain legend Cesc Fabregas commented on a plethora of topics that included points on Real Madrid and their success in recent years.

The Spanish legend was first quizzed on whether he would accept the chance to coach Real Madrid given his affiliation with Barcelona, to which he did not close the doors.

“I listened and analyzed offers as a player and I will do so as a coach. You never know which way life is going to take you. Out of respect, I always listen and analyze.”

Fabregas then went on to comment on what set Los Blancos apart in Europe and how they went on to conquer the field with immense conviction.

“I recently commented on the calmness and the way the team and the fans manage their emotions at the Bernabéu.”

“The fans have become used to knowing how to suffer at critical moments because they understand that at some point something special can happen. But that is not the only thing that makes them win, far from it,” he added.

Fabregas praises Real Madrid. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

He then went on to add how, at this point, Los Blancos were perennial favourites in the event.

“Real Madrid is a club that is expected to win or do very well in the Champions League. In addition, they have and have had some great players.”

Speaking on the pressure that comes with wearing a shirt like that of Real Madrid, Fabregas said,

“[The pressure is] A lot. The shield you wear on your shirt is very important and that of Madrid weighs a lot, both for the good and for the bad.”

“The soccer players have shown how to manage very complicated situations such as against City or Liverpool. They are super competitive,” he added.

Finally, the Como manager gave his two cents on Toni Kroos and the legacy the midfielder left on football.

“Kroos represents all the things that have to be done well to be competitive. He has quality, temperament, philosophy, consistency.”

“He has been a great legend of Real Madrid and is one of the best midfielders in the history of football. I am happy for the career he has had. The time to leave is a very personal thing and it must be respected,” he concluded.

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Real Madrid occupy second place in UEFA coefficient rankings, behind Manchester City



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With the 2024/25 season only a month away, UEFA have released the latest coefficient rankings for clubs and Real Madrid occupy the second position in the standings, behind Manchester City.

The new season removes the oldest of the five seasons that count towards the rankings from the overall tally and instead adds the one yet to be played, which is currently at zero because none of the big teams have played yet.

And, as like last year, Real Madrid continue to be in the second position behind Manchester City despite having won the UEFA Champions League in the campaign gone by.

With the elimination of points from the 2019/20 season, the ranking is altered to give value to the latest campaigns, but even so, Real Madrid are still unable to overtake City.

Source: UEFA

Pep Guardiola’s side have 123,000 points to Real Madrid’s 119,000 while Bayern Munich sit third with 108,000 points. Liverpool take up the fourth position.

Real Madrid have won two Champions League titles to Manchester City’s one in the last five years.

But Guardiola’s side have managed to reach at least the semi-finals, as well as two finals, in all the editions that count towards the current ranking. That has allowed them to rack up a considerable number of points and still lead the standings.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s arch-rivals, Barcelona have dropped to the 18th position in the standings while Atletico Madrid are just a place above them in the 17th spot.

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