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Manchester City defender says that Real Madrid are the ‘kings’ of the Champions League

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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.”

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France set for major boost as Real Madrid midfielder closes in on a return

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After a long wait, the European Championship is finally underway, with one of the tournament’s favourites Germany opening the competition with an emphatic 5-1 win over Scotland.

Another favourite to win the Euro 2024 is France, who will be in action on Monday as they take on Austria. One of the talking points heading into this game is the fitness of Real Madrid superstar, Aurelien Tchouameni.

The Frenchman had picked up an injury late into the 2023/24 campaign, which notably saw him miss the UEFA Champions League final. It was thought that the midfielder would miss a chunk of the Euros as well.

Tchouameni available for France’s group stage games

However, it appears Tchouameni has made a remarkable recovery and could be in contention to feature in France’s group-stage matches.

That is according to AS, which suggests that coach Didier Deschamps is counting on the midfielder to become available sooner rather than later.

Aurelien Tchouameni will soon be available for France. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Although Tchouameni has been ruled out for France’s opening game against Austria, the player is hoping to feature in the two remaining group matches against Poland and the Netherlands.

Up until this point, Tchouameni completed individual training sessions with France’s physical trainer. But recently, he was able to join the team’s training session ahead of the Austria game.

Tchouameni’s return could serve as a massive boost for France. Even though Les Bleus already have a stacked midfield unit, coach Deschamps is a huge admirer of Tchouameni and had backed him to get fit the moment he picked up an injury.

Deschamps, after all, did not opt to replace the Real Madrid star with another player.

France, of course, will have to proceed with caution, knowing the youngster has just recovered from his injury. But they can be hopeful of the player taking part as the tournament progresses.

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