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Borja Mayoral talks Ancelotti, Vinicius, Rodrygo, Real Madrid exit

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Real Madrid are set to lock horns with Shakhtar Donetsk later tonight, with the reigning European champions needing a win to move one step closer to securing the top spot in the group.

Later this weekend, Real Madrid take on Getafe, in what could be a must-win game ahead of El Clasico.

Speaking ahead of the contest, Borja Mayoral, who left Real Madrid for Getafe this past summer, heaped praise on some of the Merengues’ players, along with Carlo Ancelotti.

“He is very similar to Zidane. He is calm and close to the players and the dressing room respects him and conveys calmness in the team despite a lot of pressure,” said Mayoral (h/t Diario AS) when asked about the Real Madrid manager.

The former Real Madrid attacker, who has scored only once this season, went on to praise Vinicius Junior, calling him one of the best players in the world. He also hailed Rodrygo and Real Madrid’s excellent start to the campaign.

“Their improvement is incredible. Vinicius is among the best players in the world and Rodrygo is incredibly talented. In pre-season, I was amazed at their speed and the way they scored goals,” he added.

When asked about Real Madrid’s start to the season, he added: “The level they deliver is brutal and powerful in all situations. I look at the four defenders I’ll be facing who are strong, fast and handle space well.”

A product of the famed La Fabrica youth academy, Mayoral was a part of the Real Madrid senior side for six years, before being offloaded permanently to Getafe earlier in the summer. During his time at the club, he made 33 competitive appearances for the club.

“I had one year left and decided to disassociate myself from the club that had given me everything. I thought that for my career it was better to leave,” he said when asked about his decision to depart Real Madrid.

However, the attacker admits it will be difficult for him to celebrate at Santiago Bernabeu if he scores against his former club this weekend.

“If you score against Real Madrid, among your fans, it makes you want to celebrate, but I don’t know how I will feel at that moment,” he added.

Mayoral has played against Real Madrid three times in the past, scoring one goal. He ended up on the losing side on two of the occasions, including a 2-0 defeat with Getafe at the backend of last season, when he was on loan with the Azulones.

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Barcelona find legal precedent to replay El Clasico after ‘ghost goal’ controversy

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Barcelona’s recent defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico appears to have caused calamity inside the Catalan camp.

The defeat has effectively ruled Barça out of the title race while further diminishing the chances of Xavi staying at Camp Nou.

Amid all this, Barcelona president Joan Laporta appears to be having a hard swallowing the result and has gone on a rampage against the use of VAR, which notably annulled a goal from Lamine Yamal after it was cleared from behind the line by Andriy Lunin.

A day after the result, Laporta even warned that Barcelona might seek legal measures to try and replay El Clasico if they find any evidence of wrongdoings. And that statement could now soon turn into reality.

Barcelona consider legal measures

According to Cadena SER, Barcelona are considering legal action under the guidance of none other than Laporta to force a replay.

Their inspiration? An incident earlier this year in the Belgian League, where a VAR error led to the permission for a replay of an Anderlecht vs Genk match, although the decision was later annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Joan Laporta ready to take legal measures. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

CAS is the apex body for all things related to sports. And although the entity was involved in annulling the replay between Genk and Anderlecht, Barcelona are hopeful they would intervene in this matter.

The Catalans are aware that local bodies such as RFEF and CTA might not cooperate with Barcelona, knowing the image and prestige of Spanish football could be at stake.

As such, Barça are hopeful of intervention from CAS. They want the apex court to look into the matter and stage a replay of the Clasico.

Barca’s threats of legal action, including potentially involving the CAS, seem like a desperate attempt to try and remain in the title race – the only avenue for silverware left for the Catalans this season.

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