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‘Nothing is impossible’: RB Leipzig sensation warns Real Madrid ahead of UCL clash

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As Real Madrid get set to take on RB Leipzig in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 clash this week, they have been issued a warning by the opposition’s star player Xavi Simons.

Real Madrid managed to defeat RB Leipzig 1-0 in the first leg, thanks to a goal from Brahim Diaz. However, they were put under pressure by the Bundesliga club in Germany.

Xavi Simons warns Real Madrid

As the two teams get ready to resume their battle this week, this time at the Santiago Bernabeu, Xavi Simons has sounded out a warning to Real Madrid.

The 20-year-old PSG loanee has been in fine form for the German outfit this season, racking up eight goals and 12 assists from 33 appearances in all competitions.

And, Simons is confident that RB Leipzig still have a chance to overturn the first-leg deficit and beat Real Madrid this week.

Speaking to Kicker (h/t AS), the Dutch sensation said: “I believe in our team. We have to go out there and enjoy playing in this stadium. To all those who think we’re already dead, I say: nothing is impossible.”

Xavi Simons’ second trip to the Bernabeu

Xavi Simons visited the Bernabeu with PSG in 2022. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

It must be remembered that this will not be the first time Simons has played at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Two years ago, the attacker sat on the PSG bench during the second leg of the round of 16 clash and witnessed Real Madrid pull off a brilliant remontada on their way to win the Champions League.

“I remember it was a very big game. We went there with a 1-0 lead from the first leg and we even went ahead. But then Madrid turned the game around with three goals,” recalled Simons.

Real Madrid go into the midweek clash against RB Leipzig after being held to a 2-2 draw by Valencia in La Liga following a controversial decision from the referee.

It will be key for Carlo Ancelotti & co. to put the weekend’s incident behind and focus on the challenge ahead for RB Leipzig will not make things easy.

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‘Me and Zizou…’ – Toni Kroos teases iconic team-up for Real Madrid Legends team

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that during a recent training session, he bumped into Raul, a former striker and current Castilla manager, who confessed to him that he did not like his decision to retire from the game.

The midfielder added that he would now be interested in playing the Legends match where the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul participate. 

The veteran admitted that playing alongside these legends one day would be quite exciting.

“When I left the training yesterday, Raul was outside. He told me that he did not like the decision at first but found something positive because now I’m definitely playing this legends game with him,” said Kroos on his podcast

“He said I had to be there. Me and Zizou playing behind him, Figo on the right, and RC3 (Roberto Carlos) at the back. That could be funny,” he added.

Life after Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos would love to play with Zinedine Zidane. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

During the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after the upcoming European Championship in his home country.

As a result, Real Madrid now have to work on an alternate strategy to plan life beyond Kroos. As suggested before, the Los Blancos are of the idea that at present, there is no one in the market who can fill the void.

On the other hand, though, Dani Ceballos’ chances of staying have now increased. At the same time, there are reports that Joshua Kimmich is being monitored, but nothing seems concrete yet.

For now, Real Madrid are largely expected to rely on the current roster as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and even Jude Bellingham are more than capable of occupying Kroos’ position.

If even that does not work out, the team from the Spanish capital can look into the youth system to rope in a capable alternative.

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