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Brahim, Fran Garcia react after Real Madrid 3-2 Almeria: “Comebacks at the Bernabeu are all historic”

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Real Madrid scripted yet another scintillating comeback at the Santiago Bernabeu as they fought their way back from two goals down to defeat Almeria 3-2.

Boos and whistles rang loud at the Bernabeu in the first half as Carlo Ancelotti’s men conceded twice against the bottom team.

But second-half strikes from Jude Bellingham, Vinicius Jr., and Dani Carvajal secured the comeback and three points that sent them to the top of the table.

Brahim Diaz hails atmosphere at the Bernabeu

Brahim Diaz, who came on at half-time as a substitute and livened things up, opened up on the game and the result, stating that moments like these define what Real Madrid are all about.

“This is Real Madrid. I won’t get tired of saying it. We battled until the end and we’ve got that winning spirit. It was a crazy game. We didn’t play well in the first half, but we fixed it with a very complete second half,” he told Real Madrid TV.

Hailing the team’s ability to fight back from the most difficult situations, Brahim added: “When I was on the pitch I knew we were going to turn it around.

“It was just a matter of time and we’re all going home delighted and knowing that this team will keep on going until the end. We have the quality to come back and the team’s hard work and winning spirit have paid off.”

On how the substitutions changed the game, the Spaniard said: “We’ve got a very good team. Whoever comes on comes on with determination and hunger. It’s a team effort and those of us who came on in the second half did our bit.”

Praising the atmosphere at the Santiago Bernabeu, Brahim added: “It’s the best stadium in the world, the best fans, the best club and the best team. The fans give us a boost. They always get behind us at all times and we’re grateful for that. Hopefully, we’ll carry on winning at home.”

Concluding, Brahim commented on Real Madrid reclaiming top spot in La Liga, saying: “That’s what we want. We want to win the league. We’re going for it. We want to keep winning at this pace. We’re very happy. We’re going for more.”

Fran Garcia reacts to comeback win

Fran Garcia impressed in the second half. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Fran Garcia, another of Carlo Ancelotti’s half-time substitutes, discussed the comeback win for Real Madrid, saying: “Comebacks here, at the Bernabeu, are all historic. We’re happy to get three points and we have to continue like this.”

“This is a result of the hard work that is evident, the work that has been done every week throughout the season. The results are there and we have to keep this run going for as long as possible,” he added.

When asked what changed for his team in the second half, Garcia replied: “Knowing that we had to get the three points at home and try to turn the game around as quickly as possible.

“The commitment from each of us, both on and off the pitch, rubs off on each other. It’s not only the eleven who start, but also those who come on later and those who don’t have the chance to come on, but keep pushing.”

The left-back had a message for the fans as well, as he said: “I would like to tell them that the hard work and dedication will continue to be there and that we will give everything that we have to the team to keep the results coming.”

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Real Madrid identify two major areas of threat from Borussia Dortmund

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The players in the Real Madrid dressing room are well aware that they are considered the favourites for the upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

According to journalist Jorge Picon, the team’s performance in the final stages of the season has boosted their confidence and everyone in the squad believes they have a great chance of winning the final.

Despite this, though, there are some concerns about one player and two potential threats from the opposition. 

Now, Real Madrid are good at handling the pressure that comes with being the favourites, but they know that Dortmund are a team that cannot be underestimated.

Real Madrid aware of the threat Dortmund pose

This confidence, however, does not translate into arrogance. Real Madrid understand that Dortmund have the ability to cause them problems. 

To address this, manager Carlo Ancelotti must focus on two key challenges: dealing with offensive transitions and defending set pieces.

Dortmund are not a team that exert high pressure on their opponents, but they are very dangerous on the counterattack. 

Borussia Dortmund are very dangerous in set pieces. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

They play a direct and vertical style of football, relying on quick, few-touch plays to move the ball up the field. Instead of building play slowly from the back, they often utilise Mats Hummels’ ability to make precise long passes to players running behind the defence.

In terms of set pieces, Dortmund pose a significant threat with their tall players, as Niclas Fullkrug, Mats Hummels, and Nico Schlotterbeck are all over 1.90 meters tall, making them dangerous targets during corner kicks and free kicks.

Dortmund’s forwards are quick

Speed is another factor that Real Madrid need to be wary of. This is because Karim Adeyemi is a particularly fast player who can break through defensive lines with his runs. 

He usually plays on the wing and can switch sides with Jadon Sancho, but Adeyemi is considered Dortmund’s main offensive weapon due to his pace and ability to exploit spaces. 

While Sancho is also a skilled dribbler who can take on defenders one-on-one, Real Madrid has two reliable full-backs in Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy who will be tasked with stopping him.

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