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Bayern Munich starlet hails Real Madrid as a ‘mythical club’
Jamal Musiala has emerged as a rising star in world football lately, following his breakthrough at Bayern Munich.
At the age of just 19, the youngster has become a valuable member of the attacking team of Bayern, one of the strongest clubs in Europe. He has featured in almost 100 competitive matches for the Bavarians, racking up 24 goals and 15 assists.
Musiala, though, has recently raised a few eyebrows with his comments on Real Madrid, labelling the club as ‘mythical’.
“Real Madrid is a mythical club,” said Musiala (h/t Madrid Zone), whose comments come just before Bayern Munich’s contest against FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League.
With the German whizkid recently missing out on the prestigious Kopa Trophy and the Golden Boy Award, he will have a point to prove as he takes on a Barcelona squad that is likely to feature the winner, Gavi, in the middle of the park.
Musiala’s ability to run rings around the opposition defence could be useful as Bayern look to take advantage of Barça depleted backline.
Musiala, though, is one of few players in the current Bayern squad, who has not faced Real Madrid in their professional career.
The youngster, however, will be looking forward to meeting the Whites in the latter stages of the competition, with Bayern and Madrid tagged as two of the favourites to win the Champions League this season.
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Rival watch: Barcelona midfielder essentially ruled out of Real Madrid clash
In what could be a real deal breaker for Real Madrid ahead of their Copa del Rey semi-final second leg clash against Barcelona, it has been revealed that as many as three Barça will be absent from the game while another key player remains a major doubt.
The list includes the likes of Pedri, Ousmane Dembele and Andreas Christensen. The trio is certain to miss the game through respective injuries while a certain Frenkie de Jong is more or less ruled out, as per Javi Miguel.
It must be remembered that Barcelona are heading into the second leg with a 1-0 advantage. But the absence of the aforementioned players means Madrid can work on exploiting the frailties.
Despite the absence of such big names, Barcelona did pretty well against Elche in their previous outing, coming out 4-0 victorious, with the goals coming from Robert Lewandowski, Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres.
With options lacking in midfield, Xavi decided to use the likes of Sergi Roberto and Eric Garcia along with Gavi in the heart of the lineup. In any way, they do have Sergio Busquets and Franck Kessie as backups if needed.
The defence, on the other hand, was perfectly guarded by Jordi Alba, Marcos Alonso, Ronald Araujo and Jules Kounde.
One can expect Xavi to once again interchange Araujo with Kounde on the right since the Uruguayan has been rather successful in minimizing the threat of Vinicius Jr.
As far as Madrid are concerned, they are sweating over the fitness of three key defenders, namely, Antonio Rudiger, Nacho, and Ferland Mendy. Between these three, the Frenchman is out for about a month while Rudiger and Nacho are expected to be back before the Clasico.
If there are no casualties against Real Valladolid, Madrid will have a perfect midfield and attack, with only Mariano Diaz missing.