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Barcelona midfielder calls Real Madrid the ‘most successful team in the last decade’



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Ilkay Gundogan has played a key role in Germany’s Euro 2024 campaign so far and as Die Mannschaft gear up for a Round of 16 encounter against Denmark, the Barcelona midfielder was asked a critical question about mentality.

Gundogan was particularly about potentially playing against tougher opponents such as Spain, France and Portugal.

Gundogan praises Real Madrid’s mentality

While issuing his response, Gundogan mentioned Real Madrid and how the European Champions mentally approach games.

“First of all, we now have to deal with the situation that every 90 minutes could be the last. That is a lot of pressure, and mentality will play a big role,” he said during the interview with FAZ.

“If you look at Real Madrid, the most successful team in the last decade and even longer, how they never felt afraid and always kept their calm, this is amazing,” the midfielder added.

Gundogan has gotten in trouble for his brutally honest statements in the past. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

Regarded as one of the most important players in the German team, Gundogan is a seasoned veteran, who won absolutely everything during his time at Manchester City.

Currently plying his trade for Barcelona, Gundogan has not been shy in either praising the opponents or criticising his own team.

Gundogan’s lucid statements, though, have created controversy in Barcelona as not everyone has agreed with his clear assessment of his team’s deficiencies.

Nevertheless, adding to his assessment of how to navigate the challenge of a big opponent, Gundogan further stated, “You also have to recognise when the momentum is on your side and when you really have to punish your opponent. Otherwise, you will quickly be punished yourself.

In the meantime, Gundogan will be focusing on Germany’s upcoming game on Saturday against Denmark, where he will notably take on his Barcelona teammate Andreas Christensen.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury



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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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