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Kroos, Rodrygo react after Real Madrid 2-1 Cadiz: “Difficult and important win”



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Toni Kroos was the best player on the field when Real Madrid beat Cadiz yesterday. Coming back after a suspension, he showed the world why the team lost three points in his absence. Not only did he provide the assist for Eder Militao’s opener but also scored a phenomenal goal to win it for his team.

The German international first spoke about his man-of-the-match performance against Sergio’s men and his wonder-goal that captivated fans across the world.

“The way the ball came I couldn’t shoot with the inside of my boot. I was able to help the team with the goal and I’m happy. We put in a good performance, barring the last 10 minutes. We had chances but in the end, we suffered a little with an unneeded goal. I think it was a good game and a deserved victory.”

Speaking on his team’s run this season and the challenges of fighting for every single title every season, he cautioned the team and told them to be ready.

“We’re doing well this season, but it’s still too early. There are a lot of things to be won next year and we’ll be fighting for them.

Every competition is difficult to win. We’ve got the Spanish Super Cup, then the Club World Cup, Champions League, the league and Copa del Rey. There’re a lot of games and we need to be ready for them.”

He then commented on Cadiz’s resilient and aggressive defense on the night which posed several problems for the hosts.

“The opposition defends their way, we have to remain calm and play our game. If we react badly, we’ll be playing their game, and that’s what they want. You waste time with every argument. I always prefer to stay out of it and play football because we’re a better team. We always find it difficult when the game stops and starts”.

Rodrygo Goes did not have his best outing against the relegation-threatened side and spoke to the media about his feelings after the game. He began by commending the opposition and saying it was an important win.

“It was a very difficult and important win. We could have put the game to bed but the goal we conceded made us suffer at the end and it was tough. The important thing is the three points.”

The Brazilian was the centre of attention when Fali appeared to have punched him in the first half, and accused VAR for not interfering in the matter.

“I think the thing with Fali is not an accident, he did it on purpose. It’s a disgrace because he told me afterwards that he didn’t do anything. I don’t know why the VAR is there. It’s an assault that has no place in football.

Finally, the youngster spoke about his call-up for the World Cup and revealed his expectations from the global event.

“I hope we have a great World Cup. We want to become champions and I’m there to help my country. It’s always great to play for Brazil and I hope we can have a great World Cup.”

Source: Real Madrid official site

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Real Madrid have made Man City defensive target a top priority for the summer



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Although Antonio Rudiger has had success since joining Real Madrid last summer, the club are in need of more depth and players that can form the backbone of the defensive unit in the years to come.

As part of their plans, Real Madrid are prioritising a move for Josko Gvardiol in the coming summer, reports 90 Min.

The outlet suggests Gvardiol will be one of the most wanted prospects in the market, with both Real Madrid and Manchester City eyeing a move for the Croatian international come the end of the season.

Formerly of Dinamo Zagreb, Gvardiol has enjoyed immense success since his move to the Bundesliga in 2021. He has impressed onlookers with his skill, organisation and discipline, which, coupled with his versatility, make him an appealing target for any European giant.

Gvardiol was also one of the top performers at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, helping Croatia finish third in the competition. His performances have not gone unnoticed, with Real Madrid among the clubs who have been keeping an eye on the defender for a while now.

However, signing Gvardiol will be a tricky task for Los Blancos. The player still has a long-term contract at Leipzig and could cost up to €85 million, as reported by 90 Min. Not to mention, the competition from Man City could be significant.

Real Madrid have no shortage of alternatives, though, with the club notably closely monitoring Portuguese defensive whizkid Antonio Silva, among others. So it will be interesting to see how the Spanish giants approach the market in this coming summer.

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