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Granada manager ready for Real Madrid challenge: “A game is never won or lost before playing”

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Real Madrid’s clash on match day 15 of La Liga EA Sports kicks off at the Santiago Bernabeu later today. A victory could serve as a means to put pressure on, and thus hamper the results of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid who face off against each other at the weekend.

The men in white are scheduled to take on relegation-threatened Granada in tonight’s game, and albeit strong favourites, will have to work hard for all three points. Yet, it is difficult to overlook the fact that their opponents have only won one game in La Liga all season.

After their disastrous start to the season, Granada sacked their former manager Paco Lopez and brought in Uruguayan tactician Alexander Medina in his place to take the team forward.

The newly appointed manager spoke to the media ahead of his team’s clash against Real Madrid, emphasising how his men were preparing for the difficult night.

“We did a very good week of work, we were able to pour into the footballers the primordial concepts to be strong tomorrow against Real Madrid and we found in them good receptivity.”

“Being an intense team and having good positions are the two things we proposed during the week,” he added, stressing the fact that his men would sit with compact lines and hope to garner something on the counter.

Medina went on to praise Real Madrid for their phenomenal start to the season and highlighted that there was only one way to stop Los Blancos.

“One of the best teams in the world and has the best individuals. We know the value of the rival, he has a lot of hierarchy but there will also be situations to be able to exploit our strengths.”

“The only way to stop Real Madrid is to work as a team, touch perfection, and play to the limit to achieve a positive result. It’s a very motivating match, in football, a game is never won or lost before playing,” he added, urging his men to give their all at Santiago Bernabeu

Finally, the visiting manager assured the media that his men, despite their place on the table, would give Real Madrid a fight for their money and that they believed in their chances.

“The important thing is that they are all plugged in and fit to earn a place. We are going to Madrid with the enthusiasm and commitment to win there, it is very difficult but you have to believe in things and be convinced.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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France manager talks Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid, Tchouameni injury

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After unveiling the final squad for France for the upcoming European Championship, coach Didier Deschamps appeared in front of the media to discuss the nation’s preparations for the tournament.

Deschamps was notably asked about Kylian Mbappe and his potential move to Real Madrid in the coming summer.

Deschamps on Mbappe announcement

When asked when Real Madrid may announce the signing of Mbappe, the French coach replied (h/t L’Equipe), “They will decide when it’s time to make it official. As far as possible, I will adapt to the squad.”

This comes on the back of earlier reports which claim that Real Madrid are desperate to announce the signing of Mbappe before the start of Euro 2024.

Mbappe might become a Real Madrid player before the start of Euro 2024 (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The coveted tournament begins June 14, though France’s opening game is on June 18 as they take on Austria in the city of Dusseldorf.

Deschamps also dismissed concerns over Mbappe’s form, stating, “You don’t find Kylian Mbappé in good shape? He only scored 44 goals in the season. It’s true that he could have done better.”

Deschamps on Tchouameni’s fitness

As things stand, a total of three Real Madrid players are a part of the France squad for the European Championship.

One of them is Aurelien Tchouameni, who picked up a knock earlier this month which could keep him out of the upcoming Champions League final.

Deschamps, though, is not worried about his fitness and is hopeful of having the midfielder back for the Euros.

“Tchouaméni? I’m not worried. The deadline is too short for the UCL final but for the Euro it’s more than doable,” he said.

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