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Karim Benzema and Vinicius react after Manchester City 4-3 Real Madrid

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The first leg of the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League at Etihad was a game to remember. Seven goals headlined the clash between Real Madrid and Manchester City, but it was finally the latter who emerged victorious.

Despite being in shambles defensively, the visitors showed a lot of character to pull back three goals on the night. They now face the daunting challenge of having to defeat Pep Guardiola’s side by at least a two-goal margin at the Bernabeu.

Karim Benzema scored the opening goal for Real Madrid before converting from the spot for his team’s third goal. Speaking to the media after the game, he highlighted the importance of the fans for next week’s must-win game.

“We will need our fans at the Bernabeu more than ever before.”

The 34-year-old missed two penalties in Real Madrid’s last game against Osasuna. However, he managed to convert from the spot last night at Etihad and said he retained confidence in his abilities.

“If you don’t take a penalty you will never miss it. I have a lot of confidence in myself.”

Speaking about his ambitions for the current season, he maintained that he placed the team over individual awards.

“Ballon d’Or? I want UCL and La Liga.”

Madrid have pulled off two unbelievable comebacks in the competition this season, and Benzema said that the team would never give up.

“We are very excited about this UCL and the important thing is that we never give up.”

Vinicus Jr scored the team’s second goal on the night, but expressed his disappointment at the result after the game.

“I can never be happy with a loss.”

Talking about his teammate Benzema and his imperious form, the Brazilian said,

“There are no words to describe how my brother Benzema plays. I hope he ends up winning La Liga, the Champions League and the Ballon d’Or.”

Source: Real Madrid TV

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  1. Shore chizema

    April 27, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    It’s always the right side where goals easily come from and it should be improved may be anothe rigt back and another left back are needed now that Antonio rudiger is coming the defence should be fine midfield we need that Monaco guy Touchmeine and upfront if not mbappe then get erling haaland

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Two Real Madrid stars staring at an uncertain future at the club this summer

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According to a report from El Larguero, the futures of Dani Ceballos and Andriy Lunin at Real Madrid are uncertain, and anything could happen with their careers. 

The main issue the two players are facing is the lack of playing time they face due to intense competition within the team, which is pushing them towards a potential exit.

For Ceballos, the club has communicated that he is free to leave. However, given that he signed a contract extension with a pay raise last year, Real Madrid will not make his departure easy. 

The Spanish club has informed Ceballos that his agents need to bring a significant offer if he wishes to leave. Although the team values him and sees him as part of their squad, they are open to letting him go if a suitable offer comes along. 

They have reportedly set a price of at least €20 million for the former Arsenal midfielder, and the club’s stance indicates that they have ample options within the market and their academy to replace him if necessary.

What about Lunin?

Andriy Lunin will only stay at Real Madrid if offered more game time. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Lunin’s situation is more complicated, as both the team and the player want him to stay. However, the presence of Thibaut Courtois as the undisputed starting goalkeeper leaves little room for Lunin to secure a starting position. 

This lack of opportunity has caught the attention of several Premier League teams, with latest reports linking him to Chelsea.

Lunin’s future remains undecided as he contemplates his next move. His indecision is understandable given the challenges he has faced, such as being sidelined by Courtois in crucial matches like the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley. 

The decision Lunin makes will have significant implications for all parties involved. If he decides to leave Real Madrid, the club will need to find a replacement, with Kepa Arrizabalaga being a possible candidate

However, if he chooses to stay, Real Madrid have no intention of changing their current approach towards him, meaning that he will continue to be the second-choice keeper.

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