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Four Real Madrid players at risk of getting suspended for Real Sociedad encounter

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Following their midweek mishap against Girona FC away in Catalonia, Real Madrid return to home comforts this weekend as they host UD Almeria at the Santiago Bernabeu later today.

Real Madrid will be looking to leave behind the 4-2 humiliation at the hands of Girona and produce a strong reaction in front of their supporters, especially given the need to build up some steam ahead of important games against Real Sociedad, Osasuna, and Manchester City.

In the lead-up to the game, Real Madrid were dealt with a major injury blow as Luka Modric has been ruled out for at least two weeks with a hamstring issue.

But there was some good news as well, as Karim Benzema, Thibaut Courtois, and Eden Hazard all recovered from their issues and are back for the game. Dani Ceballos also returns to the squad after serving a one-match ban for accumulation of yellow cards.

Speaking of accumulation of cards, Real Madrid have as many as four players who are at the risk of getting suspended if they pick up a yellow in today’s game against Almeria.

Indeed, Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, Eduardo Camavinga, and Vinicius Jr are all in danger of missing the next La Liga match against Real Sociedad if they get cautioned by the referee in the match against Almeria.

Carvajal, Militao, and Camavinga are all on four yellow cards currently. Given that Real Madrid are already light in numbers in defence with the absence of David Alaba and Ferland Mendy due to injuries, losing any of these three players could be a blow for Carlo Ancelotti.

As for Vinicius, the Brazilian is on nine yellows after picking up one more in the midweek game against Girona. Considering his importance to the team, his absence would be a major hindrance, especially against a tough opposition like Real Sociedad.

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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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