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Manchester City ace confident ahead of UCL semifinal vs Real Madrid: “Never had so much belief”

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Real Madrid are set to face their biggest challenge of the season as they take on Manchester City in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League next week.

The reigning European champions have swept aside the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool in the knockout rounds, but Man City could be a whole different ball game, having shown excellent form in recent months. Even Arsene Wenger has backed them to win the tie, owing to their formidable defence.

But it is not all defence, as Man City are also led by the towering Erling Haaland, who is breaking all sort of records at the moment. The English champions have also been boosted by Kevin de Bruyne’s return to training.

Speaking of the tie, one of Man City’s protagonists Jack Grealish spoke out about the game. He expressed his confidence in his current set of teammates, backing Man City to win the tie.

“Real Madrid again. Three games away from winning the Champions League. All I can say is I have never had so much confidence and belief in my teammates and myself before a game as I have before going there next week,” Grealish said (h/t Daily Mail).

The English international, who has been involved in 16 goals in all competitions this season, was referring to last season’s semifinal when Real Madrid had beaten Man City 6-5 on aggregate, before going on to win the cup.

Grealish insists Real Madrid will not be able to repeat that result, owing to Man City’s superior momentum heading into this competition.

But as pointed out by Ian Wright recently, Real Madrid are often a different beast when it comes to the UCL, so it will be interesting to see how things turn out next week.

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  1. Priyanka Roy

    May 5, 2023 at 11:16 pm

    ❤Hala Madrid ❤…… This is UCL…. No team on earth dare to face us…. 😀😃😄

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Rodrygo talks about teaming up with Kylian Mbappe: “A dream to play with the best”

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Real Madrid forward Rodrygo, who is currently training with the Brazilian national team for the Copa America in the United States, expressed his excitement about the prospect of playing with Kylian Mbappe. 

Rodrygo emphasised that it would always be a pleasure to team up with Mbappe, whom he considers one of the best players in the world.

Rodrygo mentioned that it would be a great honour for him to play alongside the future Real Madrid forward. 

“For me, it’s a pleasure to play with Mbappe, I always made it very clear. He’s going to help our team a lot, he’s going to help make it even stronger than it already is,” said the forward as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

What about Rodrygo’s place in playing XI

Mbappe and Rodrygo are set to join forces at Real Madrid starting next season. Interestingly, the Frenchman’s arrival could potentially impact Rodrygo’s playing time. 

Despite the competition, though, the forward remains optimistic and prefers to focus on his current role with the Brazilian national team rather than speculate about his future at the club.

Rodrygo is eager to play alongside Kylian Mbappe. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“It is always a pleasure, but now is not the time to divert the focus, I want to be focused on the national team. 

“Mbappe is also playing the (European) championship with his national team and I want to be focused here.

“But always making it clear that it is a pleasure and a dream to play with one of the best in the world,” he added.

Rodrygo is focused on Copa America

As Rodrygo prepares for his first Copa America with Brazil, he aims to demonstrate the same high level of performance that he has consistently shown with Real Madrid in recent years. 

He recalled a memorable moment from the 2021/22 Champions League semifinal against Manchester City. 

In that match, Rodrygo scored two last-minute goals that forced extra time, ultimately securing Real Madrid’s place in the final, where they defeated Liverpool.

Rodrygo hopes to replicate such extraordinary performances with the Brazilian national team during the Copa America. 

His main goal with the national team is to have impactful moments that contribute to the team’s success, similar to his crucial role in the Champions League semifinal.

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