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Diego Simeone hails Real Madrid as the ‘best team in the world’

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Real Madrid’s rivalry with Atletico Madrid dates back decades, as the two city rivals have frequently battled for dominance in La Liga and competed fiercely in numerous encounters.

This season, the Rojiblancos got the better of Real Madrid with victories in the Copa del Rey and La Liga, but coach Diego Simeone is well aware of the threat Los Blancos pose, how much they have made them pay over the years and their continual progression.

Simeone acknowledges Real Madrid’s dominance

La Liga’s main two title contenders have historically proven to be Barcelona and Real Madrid, with Atletico Madrid occasionally challenging their dominance in certain seasons.

But they continue to assert themselves in European competitions by consistently making the cut in the Champions League.

Simeone is adamant that Real Madrid will be the primary team to surpass in the upcoming years.

“You can be champions if you beat Real Madrid, who are the best team in the world, and who will continue to be the best team in the world because they have rejuvenated their squad and will continue to grow,” he said in a press conference (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

Simeone concedes Real Madrid are the best team in the world. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

“It’s going to be difficult but of course, we want to be champions because we’ve already done it.”

Given the Merengues continue to win titles every season, dethroning them in domestic and European competitions will require a herculean effort and Simeone acknowledges that.

Real Madrid have a golden opportunity to make history by clinching a record 15th Champions League title this season.

Moreover, fortifications in their squad are expected to take place this summer, with Endrick and Kylian Mbappe’s arrivals imminent.

As such, Simeone’s concerns about competing with Madrid in the foreseeable future hold weight.

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France NT growing concerned about Real Madrid star’s fitness ahead of Euros

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Real Madrid star Aurelien Tchouameni is currently with the French National Team in preparation for the upcoming European Championships.

Didier Deschamps and Co. were hoping that the defensive midfielder would make a complete recovery from the stress injury on his left foot in time for the Euros, but his situation does not appear as favourable any longer.

With the commencement of the competition approaching fast, the French setup are worried and must make a decision fast, as revealed by SPORT.

Long time out

Les Bleus are still living in the optimism that Tchouameni will make it back in time for the premier event. With every passing day, however, the Real Madrid star’s availability is looking more distant.

After all, the deep-lying midfielder last played over a month ago in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich. Since then, he missed four league games, the UCL final and two friendly games with the national team.

Tchouameni has been injured for over a month. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Should the Frenchman recover in time, there will be questions raised about his match-fitness and rightly so for 40 days is a very long hiatus in the world of football.

Urgent decision

The medical team of the French national setup have reportedly devised a specific plan to ensure that the youngster recovers at the earliest and is available for the event in Germany.

Deschamps, however, has a critical decision to make as he will not be allowed to make any changes to his squad after the tournament begins. His deadline, thus, is the 17th of June before his team’s clash against Austria.

The manager hopes to recover Tchouameni at all costs and will likely wait until the nth minute before taking a decision.

Should a replacement be required, a UEFA Medical Committee doctor will have to confirm that the injury is indeed as serious as the camp believe.

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