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Carvajal praises Real Madrid teammate ahead of Osasuna clash: “One of the best in the world”

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Real Madrid will be looking to end their Copa del Rey drought when they take on CA Osasuna at Estadio de La Cartuja in Seville on Saturday night.

The Merengues have not won the King’s Cup since 2014, during Carlo Ancelotti’s first stint as the manager of the club. And they will now be gunning to win the elusive trophy again in the face of their flailing La Liga campaign.

Ahead of the game, senior defender Dani Carvajal interacted with the media and touched on several topics, including the Copa del Rey drought as well as the controversies surrounding Vinicius Jr being targeted by opposition players.

Kicking things off, Carvajal said: “First of all, I would like to offer my condolences to the family of Arsenio Iglesias.”

Then talking about the Copa final, the defender added: “I won my first title which was the Copa del Rey, 9 years ago. We are very excited. We know it will be a difficult game. I’m plugged in, in the locker room there are many players accustomed to playing these kind of games.”

Talking about the season objectives of the team at the start of the season and now, Carvajal said: “At the beginning of the season we set ourselves the goal of winning everything. The Cup was missing, the clubs are facing it with great enthusiasm. We always fight for everything and this year we have achieved the goal of reaching the final.”

The right-back also insisted that Real Madrid were not the favourites for the game, claiming that Osasuna can be a complicated opponent.

“We don’t consider ourselves favorites. Osasuna has made merits to get here, we saw that they managed to endure against Barcelona with one player less. They are a complicated rival.”

The Real Madrid veteran also spoke about Vinicius Jr, saying: “When he arrived we already saw that he was going to be a star. He was meme fodder and when he received all that criticism, he got over it. Now he’s one of the best in the world and everything he has, he’s earned it.”

On the refereeing and his arguments with match officials, Carvajal said: “Perhaps I complain to the referees a lot, it’s something that should be corrected. The other day my red card cost us the game. We always try to talk to them.”

“As Courtois said, the referees try to do their best, act without premeditation and perhaps they should favour the fast game and prevent the teams from destroying the game. It should be a point to be corrected for next season.”

On the differences between the Champions League and the Copa final, he said: “I notice differences between the Cup and Champions League finals. There is a special atmosphere because some players don’t have this title. Our way of working doesn’t change, you always have emotions before such a game.”

Talking about the decisive stretch of the campaign, he added: “We have two weeks in which our season will be practically decided because the league has been very complicated for us. Tomorrow we want to get a new title, which will mean we have won all the titles in two years. Our focus is only on Osasuna.”

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‘Give everything to win’ – Real Madrid UCL hero ready for Barcelona challenge

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Andriy Lunin was Real Madrid’s main protagonist in the club’s narrow win over Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Lunin is going to be in focus once again as Real Madrid brace themselves for another important encounter against Barcelona.

Speaking ahead of this crucial tie, Lunin talked about how Real Madrid will put the title race to an end if they can secure a win over Barça.

Lunin on Barcelona – Real Madrid clash

“It is clear that Clásico is a very important match. We are all clear that winning this Sunday can almost solve the League,” Lunin told TVE (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

“We have prepared ourselves in the best possible way to take three points, which are very important.”

Real Madrid are indeed heading into this game with a solid eight-point lead over Barcelona in the league table.

A win this evening could help them extend that gap to 11 points, effectively ruling Barça out of the title race.

Lunin is focused ahead of the Barcelona tie (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid have attained an excellent record against Barcelona of late. Lunin, though, believes past encounters do not matter in a Clasico.

“In a match between Real Madrid and Barcelona the things that have happened are forgotten and everyone is concentrating,” the Ukrainian added.

Lunin went on to talk about Real Madrid’s gruelling schedule, with the Spanish giants coming on the back of a 120-minute encounter against Man City.

“It is true that last stretch of the season is very demanding. The team played 120 minutes in Manchester, it was good to suffer and overcome difficulties. Now we have Barça at home, with our people and we have no choice but to give everything to win,” he said.

Lunin also talked about his watered-down celebration following his penalty heroics against Man City, adding, “I am a quiet and rather shy person, but within me, I had tremendous joy. I already said after the game that I was the happiest person in the world.”

Finally, the goalkeeper was asked about his future at Real Madrid, with his current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expiring in 2025.

“Real Madrid has been a dream since I was little, but now it is time for the most important games of the season and we have to be focused because we have to get the best result from what we have left. Then we will talk about the papers (contract) and other things,” he concluded.

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