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Five key stats from Real Madrid 2-0 RB Leipzig

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Real Madrid extended their 100% record in the 2022/23 campaign as they defeated RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Merengues were made to work hard by the German giants, who made a lively start to the game and put their hosts under the cosh. Indeed, Real Madrid needed Thibaut Courtois to bail them out on a few occasions in the first half as the likes of Christopher Nkunku and Timo Werner threatened.

It took some time, but Carlo Ancelotti’s side finally broke the deadlock in the 80th minute through Federico Valverde. Substitute Marco Asensio put the game to bed in stoppage time by making it 2-0.

The result meant that Real Madrid have now won each of their first eight matches across all competitions in 2022/23. It is the third-best start to a season in the club’s history after 1961/62 (11) and 1968/69 (11).

Following the victory on Wednesday, Los Blancos now have a 71.1% win percentage in 2022 across all competitions. It is their highest record for a calendar year since 2016.

Courtois once again came to Real Madrid’s rescue against RB Leipzig, making three saves on the night. The Belgian international has now stopped 24 of the last 25 shots he has faced in the Champions League, keeping three clean sheets in a row.

Valverde was once again on target for the Merengues. The Uruguayan has now been involved in six goals in his last nine games for Real Madrid in all competitions (3 goals and 3 assists), as many as in his previous 87 games for Los Blancos (4 and 2).

Asensio, who was in the headlines over the weekend for his touchline antics, got a chance on Wednesday. And he made the most of it by netting the second goal in stoppage time. With that strike, the 26-year-old has now scored 50 goals for Real Madrid in 238 matches.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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