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Euro 2024: Real Madrid’s Mbappe furious after teammate makes wrong decision vs Netherlands

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France’s manager, Didier Deschamps, decided not to risk Kylian Mbappe in the recent game against the Netherlands which ended in a 0-0 draw. 

It must be noted that Mbappe, who had recently joined Real Madrid, had broken his nose in a previous game against Austria, which required him to wear a protective mask. 

“I don’t have to bluff. Kylian is getting better,” said Deschamps about his forward.

If it had been a decisive match, I might have thought differently even if it’s important to have Kylian’s sensations. After what happened, it was wiser that he stayed on the bench.”

Without Mbappe, France had a hard time turning their chances into goals. The Netherlands started the game strongly and almost scored in the first minute, but France’s goalkeeper, Mike Maignan, made a great save. 

After that early scare, France had the best chance of the first half. Adrien Rabiot, who had a quick exchange with Marcus Thuram, made a clever run into the penalty box. 

However, instead of taking a shot himself, he decided to pass to Antoine Griezmann, who was beside him. Unfortunately, the pass went wrong, and the opportunity was lost.

Mbappe was frustrated

Mbappe, watching from the bench, was furious to see what panned out. 

Kylian Mbappe was furious after Adrien Rabiot missed a sitter.

Cameras captured the future Real Madrid forward launching himself from the bench and shouting some words, expressing his displeasure towards the decision of the midfielder, who also happens to be on Real Madrid’s agenda

On the field, another Real Madrid player, Aurelien Tchouameni, had a great outing. He was calm and controlled with the ball and stayed in front of the defence to give N’Golo Kante and Rabiot more freedom to attack. 

Tchouameni almost scored with a powerful header but was ultimately denied.

It is to be noted that Tchouameni had been out injured for over a month. This was his first appearance in the tournament since recovering from his injury, and he delivered a solid performance, showing his usual energy and skill.

In summary, France struggled without their star player, Mbappe, in a match where they had opportunities but couldn’t find the back of the net. 

The Netherlands put up a strong fight and despite some promising moments from French players like Rabiot and Tchouameni, the game ended without any goals. 

Deschamps’ decision to rest Mbappe was likely wise, given his recent injury, but it highlighted how crucial Mbappe is to France’s success.

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Real Madrid trailing Premier League heavyweights in UEFA club rankings

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UEFA has announced its latest club rankings, based on the performance of each team in European competitions over the last five seasons, and despite winning the Champions League last season, Real Madrid trail Manchester City in these standings. 

It must be noted that the coefficients of these rankings are calculated purely on the basis of results in European competitions, without considering domestic league performance. The rankings are crucial as they determine the seedings in UEFA competition draws.

Top teams in UEFA rankings

This time, Manchester City haves outshone Real Madrid, topping the list with a coefficient of 123,000 points, while Real Madrid have 119,000 points. Bayern Munich complete the top three with a score of 108,000 points. 

Man City have been incredibly consistent since 2021, securing a Champions League title, reaching a final, and making it to a semi-final, which has propelled them to the top spot in the rankings.

Manchester City are above Real Madrid in UEFA club rankings. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The competition between Manchester City and Real Madrid has been intense, especially in the Champions League. The two giants of European football have faced each other in four knockout ties since 2020, each winning two ties. 

Their consistent performances have solidified their status as the current powerhouses of European football.

What about the other La Liga teams?

Spanish football, particularly La Liga, is well-represented in these rankings. Alongside Real Madrid, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, and Barcelona are notable mentions. 

Villarreal, on their part, are in the 7th place after winning the Europa League in 2021 and reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2022. 

Atletico Madrid are positioned at 17th, just ahead of Barcelona, who is struggling to maintain its usual high ranking. 

Amidst all this, the English Premier League stands out as the dominant force in these rankings. Six of its teams are in the top 20, showcasing the strength and competitiveness of English football. 

The Italian League and the Bundesliga also have a strong presence, each contributing four teams to the top ranks.

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