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Courtois, Vazquez react after RB Leipzig 3-2 Real Madrid: “We went on the pitch asleep”

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RB Leipzig snatched a memorable win over Real Madrid at their home stadium on Tuesday night to throw Group F back into life. Three teams now fight for qualification, and while Real Madrid are guaranteed a spot in the next round, they are yet to seal the top spot.

Thibaut Courtois spoke to the press after the team’s 3-2 defeat and did not hold back on criticising the team’s performance. He pointed out the flaws in their display, specifically singling out their lack of intensity and control on the night.

“We went out on the pitch asleep, without intensity or aggression. We have failed many passes, controls and it has not been a good game,” he said (h/t Realmadrid.com).

He then lashed out at his teammates for not showing enough intensity at the RB Arena.

“As a goalkeeper, I noticed we were not in the game, we lost many duels due to lack of intensity. There are other players on the bench if you can’t do more.”

Finally, the Yashin Trophy winner named the one factor that helped Leipzig get all three points against Real Madrid.

“Leipzig’s players were faster in the counterattacks. If we were more precise we could get into the game but it didn’t happen. Our defence wasn’t good.”

Lucas Vazquez also talked to the media after the game but was more diplomatic in his response when asked about the opposition’s performance.

“Leipzig at home are very intense in the first half. This is the Champions League, the best teams are here,” he said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Finally, the right-back added that the final blow by Timo Werner took the steam out of Los Blancos’ engine and sealed the game for the Germans.

“We conceded two goals & it became complicated. In the second half, we came out wanting to equalize, but they made it 3-1 & made it impossible to return.”

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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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