Real Madrid take on Manchester City in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League in just ten days. The first leg will be held at Etihad, and the second leg, a week later, at the Bernabeu.
In the aftermath of City’s loss to Liverpool yesterday, Oleksander Zinchenko talked to the press where he answered some questions about the clash against Real Madrid via Diario AS.
When asked to comment on the prospect of facing record Champions League winners, the fullback called them the ‘kings of the competition.’
“They are the kings of this competition. They have won many Champions Leagues in the past and they are obviously one of the best teams in the world, but before the match against Madrid we have many games to play.”
The Ukrainian international was then asked if the game against Los Blancos was going to be the most difficult challenge yet.
“At this stage of the season, I would say that each match is like a final. We are still fighting for two titles.”
Karim Benzema has been the favourite talking point of every football enthusiast this season. The Frenchman has been in unreal form and is undoubtedly Real Madrid’s best player.
“They have a lot of quality players, some of them are the best in the world. Right now Karim Benzema is one of the best strikers in the world. It’s incredible how he finds goals, so we’ll have to see how deal with it. Coach will tell us how to do it,” Zinchenko said about the Frenchman.
Finally, the fullback was asked if the Madrid based side’s ability to pull off comebacks was worrying.
“We’ll see, we’ll see what happens. For now we have the Brighton game.”
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.