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Leipzig star explains ‘the best thing to do’ for Dortmund to beat Real Madrid



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RB Leipzig forward Yussuf Poulsen has shared some advice with Borussia Dortmund on how to defeat Real Madrid.

Borussia Dortmund are set to play Real Madrid in the Champions League final in London on June 1. 

Poulsen, who has experience playing against Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16, shared some tips for Dortmund on how to handle Carlo Ancelotti’s team.

He emphasised that Dortmund needs to be very efficient in their gameplay. He pointed out that Real Madrid won’t give them many chances to score, so they need to take advantage of any opportunity that comes their way. 

He stressed that Dortmund should replicate the tactics they used successfully against Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-final.

“Dortmund has to be, first and foremost, efficient. They may not have many chances. But the key will be not to let Madrid’s quality players have chances,” he was quoted by Mundo Deportivo

“You have to stop their game-changers. If you see how Dortmund played against Paris, they are absolutely capable of defending well against Real.”

How to stop Vinicius Jr. and Toni Kroos?

Poulsen asked Borussia Dortmund to be around Vinicius Jr all the time. (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

Poulsen also highlighted the importance of having a strong defence, particularly against players like Vinicius Jr. 

He mentioned that when RB Leipzig played against Real Madrid, Dani Olmo put in a lot of effort on the defensive end. 

This suggests that Dortmund should be prepared to work hard defensively to keep Real Madrid’s key players from making significant impacts.

“Dani Olmo, for example, did a lot of defensive work in our games against Real, something that is rarely necessary. 

“It has to be done because players like Vinicius Junior have to be defended with double assists in many situations.”

Additionally, Poulsen advised that Dortmund should closely mark Toni Kroos. By keeping Kroos under constant pressure, Dortmund can disrupt Real Madrid’s flow and make it harder for them to control the game.

“The best thing would be to mark Toni Kroos. BVB have to be, so to speak, attentive to Toni. 

“The best thing is to constantly cover his right foot so he cannot make his brilliant deep passes,” he said.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace



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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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