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Girona coach admits Rodrygo’s goal should have stood during Real Madrid clash
Real Madrid squared off against Girona at their own backyard in a game that was not without controversy. After taking the lead through Vinicius Jr in the 70th minute, the visitors were awarded a penalty less than ten minutes later.
The ball seemingly hit Marco Asensio’s chest, but the referee found the contact with his arm enough to give the penalty in Girona’s favour.
Soon enough, Rodrygo scored what looked like the winner in the 89th minute, but the goal was disallowed as the ball taken out of the goalkeeper’s hand and deemed a foul. After the game, though, Girona’s coach Michel admitted that goal should have stood.
“I think Rodrygo’s goal is a goal, seen in footballing terms. But the rules say it’s a foul. We have to look at that. It’s just football to me,” he said, as quoted by Sid Lowe.
Girona did have a goal ruled out last week against Osasuna, and would have rightly been livid had Rodrygo’s goal stood.
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25-year-old ‘impeccable’ star viewed as the leader of the Real Madrid defence
According to MARCA, Eder Militao is seen as the undisputed leader of the Real Madrid defence, thanks to his ‘impeccable’ level of performances. The 25-year-old’s standing in the team has forced a duel between David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger for the second centre-back slot.
Militao arrived at Real Madrid in the summer of 2019, joining from FC Porto in a deal worth €50 million. While he made a slow start to life in Spain, the Brazilian slowly grew in stature from his second season at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Following the exits of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, Militao established himself as a permanent fixture in the backline for the Merengues and was a standout performer last season as they won the La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League trophy.
The 25-year-old has carried on in the same vein of form this season as well, featuring in 35 matches across all competitions for Real Madrid, even chipping in with six goals.
The Brazilian international is seen as one of the best centre-backs in the world currently, with Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti sharing that opinion.
“I may lose credibility if I say Vinicius and Militão are the best striker and defender in the world respectively but it’s the truth. I am honest. Militão lacks nothing,” he had said last month.
Militao is not only viewed as the leader of the Real Madrid defence, but has also grown into a leader within the locker room as well, with the player being loved and fully supported by his teammates.
Militao’s presence has meant that Alaba and Rudiger have had to battle it out for the lone centre-back slot. The former had enjoyed a stunning season last time out after joining from Bayern Munich in 2021, but has struggled with injuries and fitness problems this term.
As for Rudiger, the German arrived last summer from Chelsea and started out slow, but has grown in confidence and stature, especially in recent months. So much so that, his signing is already being regarded as a success within the club.
In Militao, Real Madrid undoubtedly have a long-term fixture at the heart of the defence. But with Rudiger and Alaba in their thirties, the Merengues must look to bring in one more player who can take over from them in the near future and can form a partnership with Militao.