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Ex-Barcelona star issues warning to Real Madrid ahead of FIFA Club World Cup meeting

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Flamengo recently became the latest champions of South America by lifting the Copa Libertadores. They beat Athletico Paranaense 1-0 to seal the coveted competition for the third time.

Flamengo’s victory in the Copa Libertadores means the Brazilian giants are set to compete with Real Madrid in the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup.

Ahead of the potential match-up between these two sides, Flamengo midfielder and former Barcelona star Arturo Vidal has sent out a warning to the reigning European champions.

“Real Madrid, we are going to kick your a**,” said Vidal (h/t Alaire Libre), whose comments come just a few days after Flamengo’s triumph in the Copa Libertadores.

Vidal, who had featured in 96 competitive matches for FC Barcelona during his time in Catalonia, moved to Flamengo in the summer, following the end of his two-year spell at Inter Milan.

One would expect the Chilean international to lead the Flamengo side when they take on Real Madrid in the FIFA Club World Cup.

In addition to these two teams, other teams participating in the competition include Seattle Sounders from the United States, Wydad Casablanca from Morocco, and Auckland City from New Zealand.

Two more teams remain to the introduced, including the team that will organise the tournament and the winner of the AFC Champions League. Japanese side Urawa is one of the finalists, but it remains to be seen who go up against them in the coveted competition.

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown

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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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