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Manchester City star eyeing revenge over Real Madrid in UCL semis: “We are going for it”

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In a world of endless permutations and combinations in the UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid’s story has been peculiar. It appears as though the club are treading through familiar tracks at all stages as they look to defend the crown they won last season.

In the Round of 16, the Merengues took on last season’s finalists Liverpool and qualified for the quarterfinal where they played the same opponent as last season – Chelsea.

Their similarities do not end there as they are now set to Manchester City in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League for the second successive season.

After their win over Bayern Munich last night, several prominent figures of Manchester City spoke to the media where they addressed the match-up against Real Madrid.

Bernardo Silva was among those do so and acknowledged that the men in blue would be looking for revenge after last season’s painful defeat as revealed by the club’s official social media channel.

“Revenge on Real Madrid? Hopefully yes, we are going for it, the team is very confident and I think we are going through.”

Pep Guardiola, manager of the English side and former Barcelona coach, said Real Madrid were the best of the best and called them perennial contenders for the UCL, as he said (h/t Movistar):

“I think all the clubs in the world have the feeling that if you want to win the Champions League, you have to beat Madrid. Before Barça, now Madrid.”

Kevin De Bruyne, who provided the assist for Erling Haaland’s goal against Bayern Munich in the second leg, also shared his thoughts. When asked about Real Madrid and last season’s defeat, he told the club’s official channel:

“What happened last year, happened. I think we played really well in the two games and in the last five minutes [they] changed the course of not qualifying.

“You have to take it on the chin and move on. It happened and it doesn’t mean we didn’t play well for the majority of the two games but football is about details and it happens and you move on.”

The first leg of the semifinal will be played in the second week of May at the Santiago Bernabeu before the reverse fixture a week later at Etihad Stadium.

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Real Madrid’s teenage sensation to join camp on Wednesday, Brazilian core to return later

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Real Madrid enjoyed strong representation at the recently concluded European Championship and Copa America.

Dani Carvajal is the only player who returned with silverware, but it is safe to say that all the team’s stars on international duty put up displays to be proud of.

The attention now turns towards the season that lies ahead. Carlo Ancelotti and co. have already begun working ahead of the new campaign, and the internationals will begin rejoining training in the coming week, as relayed by MARCA.

The early returnees

Having suffered an early elimination in the Euro with Croatia, Luka Modric is set to return to training as early as the beginning of the coming week.

The veteran recently renewed his contract with the club and will be looking to prove that he still has it on his feet.

Modric will be available soon at Ancelotti’s disposal (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team’s new signing, Endrick, will join forces with Los Blancos on Wednesday as he begins a new chapter in his short, yet illustrious career so far. All eyes will be on his official signing and presentation.

Meanwhile, Arda Güler and Antonio Rudiger are expected to return to training under Ancelotti towards the end of the week.

The late entries

Players who progressed relatively deeper into the recently concluded tournaments have understandably been granted a longer vacation, and both the French and English representatives of the club enjoy that luxury.

Needless to say, no specific date has been set for their return, considering that their campaign in the Euro ran deep into July.

The team’s Copa America stars, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militão, meanwhile, will report to training on July 31st. Federico Valverde, who finished third with Uruguay, will likely enjoy a longer hiatus.

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