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Man City defender aims brutal dig at Real Madrid: “Do they have a Plan B?”

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Real Madrid were obliterated at the hands of Manchester City last night, losing the second 4-0 at the Etihad. The result allowed Pep Guardiola’s men to book a ticket to the final on the back of a 5-1 aggregate win over the reigning European champions.

There were glaring issues with Real Madrid’s performance last night, including Eduardo Camavinga not being fully fit despite starting at left-back.

Another player who struggled to perform on the night was Vinicius Junior. The explosive winger did not make a dent in the Manchester City defence and was schooled by Kyle Walker.

Speaking to BT Sports (h/t Mundo Deportivo) after the win, Walker described his performance on the night against Vinicius, taking a vicious dig at Real Madrid in the process.

“You have to be arrogant. You have to be like attackers. I’m very confident in my speed and going one-on-one. I’m bigger than him and I thought I could use my physical advantage. He’s a fantastic player, but I have to use my strengths. I made it as difficult for him as I could,” Walker explained after the game.

The Englishman went on to point out how Real Madrid had relied heavily on individuals while praising Man City for being a ‘complete team’.

“There is no superstar and that is what makes us compete without trusting everything to a single player. Madrid has many great players, but Vinícius has been the best. Once you cancel it, do they have a plan B?” he added.

Despite the rather arrogant undertone, one can hardly disagree with Walker’s comments as Real Madrid were indeed toothless against the Man City defence and lacked ideas in the final.

The reliance on Vinicius in these crunch games is a clear indicator of why the Spanish giants require attacking reinforcements in the coming summer. They are reportedly targeting a move for Kylian Mbappe, though there is doubt whether or not they will be able to pull it off.

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Real Madrid teenage talent faces uncertain future following increase in competition

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Journalist Jordi Gil has reported through SPORT that Arda Guler’s situation at Real Madrid is becoming increasingly difficult. 

This is because Guler is unhappy with the lack of playing time he experienced last season and is determined not to spend another season on the bench.

During the recently concluded Euro 2024, Guler demonstrated his immense talent to the world. This competition gave him the platform to showcase his abilities, which had largely remained unseen during the season at Real Madrid. 

He only featured in a few games towards the end of the season, which were inconsequential as Real Madrid had already secured the league title.

Guler has injuries to blame

Guler’s troubles began early last season when he suffered an injury during the American tour. This setback, combined with the challenge of adapting to a new language and style of football, made it difficult for him to find his footing. 

Although Carlo Ancelotti tried to support him mentally, he did not provide Guler with enough opportunities to play.

Arda Guler wants to have more game time.(Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images)

The youngest is now determined not to let history repeat itself. He is willing to force a move, possibly through a loan, if he does not get more playing time, even though Real Madrid want him in the first team

This situation could escalate if Guler continues to see himself as the last option in the squad. Milan and Bayer Leverkusen have already expressed interest in him.

Guler is way down the pecking order

Currently, Guler is behind several high-profile players in the pecking order. Stars like Kylian Mbappe, Vinicius Jr, and Rodrygo are ahead of him. 

Additionally, Brahim Diaz has the edge, and in midfield, Guler faces competition from Jude Bellingham. Breaking into the starting lineup seems like an almost impossible task at the moment, even though he proved his worth at the Euros.

Meanwhile, it is said that Florentino Perez has great faith in him. Perez wants to see Guler succeed at Real Madrid, but the challenge now lies with Ancelotti in managing the team. 

Benching established stars to give playing time to a young prospect like Guler could create tension in the dressing room.

Real Madrid have a surplus of attacking options. The arrival of Mbappe has brought renewed hope to Real Madrid fans, but the significant investment in the French star might disrupt the harmony within the squad that Ancelotti has worked hard to maintain. 

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