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Liverpool ace keen to avoid Real Madrid in the Champions League: “Always got knocked out”

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Liverpool forward Diogo Jota has voiced his concern over having to face Real Madrid again next season in the UEFA Champions League, saying that he practically wants to avoid facing the Los Blancos.

Real Madrid and Liverpool have been facing each other quite regularly in Europe’s premier competition since the 2017/18 final. The match, which was marred by a series of Loris Karius’ blunders, ended 3-1 in the favour of the Spanish giants.

Jota’s introduction to Liverpool happened in September 2020 and for three seasons running, the Premier League side has been beaten by the record European champions in the UCL.

During the 2020/21 season, Real Madrid won the quarter-final tie 3-1.

In the subsequent year, many branded the Reds to be the favourite to lift the Champions League title, but Madrid’s experience proved to be differential, with Vinicius Jr’s only goal in the 59th minute winning the final and the trophy for his team.

In the season that just ended, Real Madrid and Liverpool crossed paths in the Round of 16. In what could be termed an absolute banger of the match, Liverpool took the early 2-0 lead inside the opening 15 minutes of the first leg, but Los Blancos went on to turn the tie in their favour, winning 5-2.

By the end of the second leg, Madrid had the tie in their bag 6-2 on aggregate. 

Considering Liverpool’s luck against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League, Jota has expressed that he does not want to face them once again next season but admitted that the Merengues will somehow find a way to get in their way.

“Well, they can somehow finish third in their group and still be in our way,” Jota told FourFourTwo. “But since I came to Liverpool, I’ve always got knocked out by Real Madrid, so hopefully they’re not there.”

While Madrid’s 2022/23 season was disappointing on some levels, they are expected to get back on track next season, having signed Jude Bellingham, Fran Garcia, and Joselu. Add to it the possibility of signing Kylian Mbappe and Real Madrid can assert their dominance in Europe once again.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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