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Boost for Real Madrid ahead of derby vs Atletico as midfielder returns to training

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After beating Liverpool earlier this week in the UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid are set for another stern test when they face Atletico Madrid in La Liga on Saturday.

The Merengues are currently eight points off of leaders Barcelona and will have a golden opportunity to reduce that to five points with a victory against their local rivals at the Santiago Bernabeu.

And, ahead of the big game on Saturday, Real Madrid have been handed a major fitness boost as midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni has returned to training today.

This claim comes from Melchor Ruiz of COPE, who has confirmed that the Frenchman has trained with the team today, along with veteran midfielder Toni Kroos.

Tchouameni was a late exclusion from Real Madrid’s La Liga clash against Osasuna last weekend due to a bout of flu. Following that the 2022 FIFA World Cup finalist did not recover in time for the Champions League clash against Liverpool either.

Having missed back-to-back matches due to illness, Tchouameni was seen back in training today which comes as a big boost for Real Madrid as they gear up to take on their neighbours in the Madrid derby.

While Tchouameni is back in training, the same cannot be said of left-back Ferland Mendy, who has been out injured for a while now.

Meanwhile, David Alaba and Rodrygo Goes, both of whom picked up knocks against Liverpool, also did not participate in training and are doubts for the derby against Atletico Madrid.

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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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