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Injury update: Real Madrid ‘hero’ passes injury test following knock vs Sevilla

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Real Madrid continued their excellent start to the campaign by sweeping aside Sevilla 3-1 at Santiago Bernabeu yesterday evening. The victory helped them momentarily increase their lead at the top to six points, though Barcelona do have a game in hand.

Despite the win, however, Real Madrid were dealt with a scare when Federico Valverde was reported to be moving gingerly after the game. It gave rise to rumours over a potential injury for a player, who has emerged as one of the best performers in La Liga this term.

During the post-match presser, Carlo Ancelotti played down the speculations, suggesting there was nothing serious about Valverde, even though he did pick up a hit during the game against Sevilla.

According to Miguel Angel Diaz, Ancelotti’s suspicions have been confirmed by tests, which reveal that the Uruguayan international has picked up no injury to his right thigh.

Valverde only has a strong concussion, which is not severe enough for him to be ruled out against RB Leipzig. This could serve as a major boost for Real Madrid, who are bracing themselves for an important phase of the season.

However, it is fair to point out that the Whites are in an excellent position to qualify in the Round of 16 of the Champions League by registering ten points in three matches in the group stage. It makes the upcoming game against Leipzig quite redundant.

Hence, it will not come as a surprise to see Valverde being rested against the Germans, especially with Real Madrid slated to face Girona in La Liga later this month.

Valverde’s potential absence in the midweek contest could pave the way for Marco Asensio to get a rare starting opportunity. The Spanish international has made a solid impression with his cameos from the bench, which could translate into a start against Leipzig.

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’

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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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