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Gabigol warns Real Madrid ahead of FIFA Club World Cup: “We will be prepared”

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Gabriel Barbosa, commonly known as ‘Gabigol’, was the difference-maker as Flamengo lifted the Copa Libertadores earlier this week, beating Athletico Paranaense in the final.

The former Inter Milan striker scored the only goal of the game to lead his team to the victory and also earn them a spot in the FIFA Club World Cup, where they could come face to face against the champions of Europe in Real Madrid.

Following the win, veteran midfielder Arturo Vidal sent out a warning to Real Madrid ahead of their potential meeting at the FIFA Club World Cup.

And now, following in his senior teammate’s footsteps, Gabigol, too, has warned Carlo Ancelotti’s side that Flamengo will be prepared for their meeting in the Club World Cup.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with AS after the Copa Libertadores triumph, the Brazilian centre-forward said:

“We are celebrating the Libertadores title and there is still a season to complete. Then it will be time to think about the Club World Cup. Without a doubt, Real Madrid are the biggest club in the world, the biggest winner of the Champions League, and have an incredible history. 

“We already had the opportunity to play in a World Cup final against Liverpool and our team competed well. You can rest assured that we will be prepared.”

Real Madrid are the most successful club when it comes to the FIFA Club World Cup, having won the trophy as many as four times, with their last triumph coming in 2018.

Ancelotti & co. will be gunning to add that trophy to their kitty this season, although the dates and the venue for the tournament are yet to be finalised due to the FIFA World Cup being played in November and December.

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Barcelona key duo expected to miss Copa del Rey second leg vs Real Madrid

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It hasn’t been a good week for Real Madrid, who look all set to relinquish their Spanish league title to arch-rivals Barcelona come the end of the season, following a narrow defeat to the Blaugrana at the weekend.

However, as Real Madrid enter the international break, there is some positive news for Carlo Ancelotti and his men.

As reported by Toni Juanmarti, Barcelona look set to miss out on their two star players in Ousmane Dembele and Pedri due to injury, ahead of the upcoming second-leg semifinal tie against Real Madrid, in Copa Del Rey.

Real Madrid are heading into this game with a 1-0 defeat in the first-leg, meaning they must beat Barça with a two-goal margin in order to book a place in the final. The absence of both Pedri and Dembele, to that end, could be a major boost for Ancelotti.

Pedri, who was expected to return to full fitness for the second leg, has suffered a relapse. It has set his return back to three or four weeks late, meaning the youngster will not return until the April 23 tie against Atletico Madrid.

The situation is not much different for Ousmane Dembele. The explosive attacker is recovering slower than expected and though he was tipped to return in the league game against Real Madrid this month, he remains a major doubt for this Copa Del Rey tie.

However, Barcelona did register a narrow victory over Los Blancos even without these two individuals, so the task is definitely cut out for Ancelotti and his men as they look to exact revenge against the Catalans in Copa Del Rey next month.

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