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Bayern Munich coach reveals the difference between Vinicius and Rodrygo



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All eyes are on the Champions League once again as the semi-finals are set to kick-off this week, with Bayern Munich’s meeting against Real Madrid the true headliner.

The two sides have faced off more than any other in the history of the competition, with this meeting also expected to be a cracker and a half.

The season has gone much differently for both sides, with Bayern Munich losing out on the Bundesliga to Bayer Leverkusen for the first time in a decade, Madrid have returned to the La Liga throne after missing out on the title to Barcelona last season.

Despite that, Thomas Tuchel and Joshua Kimmich sounded optimistic about the tie speaking during his pre-game press conference.

Difference between Vinicius and Rodrygo

Talking about Madrid’s potential game-plan and their most threatening players, Tuchel spoke about Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo. However, he did outline some differences between the two, even though the play largely the same role.

“Vini and Rodrygo are both good but also different,” he said, as quoted by FC Bayern TV.

“Rodrygo scores a lot of decisive goals, he did it against me at Chelsea. Vinicius is often on the left where he dribbles, is very good at shooting and very clinical. Rodrygo also has incredible pace and also plays as the centre-forward at times.”

Two peas in a pod. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

While Rodrygo has largely played a much more central role this season, closer to being a false 9 more than anything, Vinicius has been given freedom to roam on the left-wing and centrally, maximising his 1v1 ability.

No Benzema

Tuchel also pointed out that the main difference for Madrid over the last few years for Karim Benzema, who clutched the game against Chelsea during the 2021/22 season when he was coaching the Blues.

However, he pointed out that since he has gone, Madrid have tried multiple things, including using Jude Bellingham in several roles, but especially as a false 9.

“But there are still Kroos, Modric, Vinicius, so not everything has changed. We need to find a good balance,” Tuchel added ahead of the headliner.

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France manager talks Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid, Tchouameni injury



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After unveiling the final squad for France for the upcoming European Championship, coach Didier Deschamps appeared in front of the media to discuss the nation’s preparations for the tournament.

Deschamps was notably asked about Kylian Mbappe and his potential move to Real Madrid in the coming summer.

Deschamps on Mbappe announcement

When asked when Real Madrid may announce the signing of Mbappe, the French coach replied (h/t L’Equipe), “They will decide when it’s time to make it official. As far as possible, I will adapt to the squad.”

This comes on the back of earlier reports which claim that Real Madrid are desperate to announce the signing of Mbappe before the start of Euro 2024.

Mbappe might become a Real Madrid player before the start of Euro 2024 (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The coveted tournament begins June 14, though France’s opening game is on June 18 as they take on Austria in the city of Dusseldorf.

Deschamps also dismissed concerns over Mbappe’s form, stating, “You don’t find Kylian Mbappé in good shape? He only scored 44 goals in the season. It’s true that he could have done better.”

Deschamps on Tchouameni’s fitness

As things stand, a total of three Real Madrid players are a part of the France squad for the European Championship.

One of them is Aurelien Tchouameni, who picked up a knock earlier this month which could keep him out of the upcoming Champions League final.

Deschamps, though, is not worried about his fitness and is hopeful of having the midfielder back for the Euros.

“Tchouaméni? I’m not worried. The deadline is too short for the UCL final but for the Euro it’s more than doable,” he said.

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