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Official: Real Madrid face RB Leipzig in the Champions League round of 16

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Real Madrid sailed through their Champions League group this season, finishing top, with six wins out of six. They scored 16 goals in the process, conceding just seven. They also had seven different goalscorers during this ordeal.

One of the favourites to win the tournament this season – for the 15th time, if possible -, Madrid’s round of 16 draw is official.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side will take on RB Leipzig in the 2023/24 UCL round of 16, with the first game taking place at the Red Bull Arena on either 13th/14th Feburary or 20th/21st February 2024.

As a top-seeded team, Madrid will host the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on either 5th/6th March or 12th/13th March 2024.

Madrid have taken on RB Leipzigo only once in their history – during last season’s group stage fixtures.

Los Blancos came on top at the Bernabeu, winning 2-0, with goals from Federico Valverde and Marco Asensio.

They were, however, trumped by the German giants away from home, losing 3-2. Josko Gvardiol, Christopher Nkunku, and Timo Werner were on target for them, while Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo scored for Madrid.

As far as the rest of the draw is concerned, Arsenal and have been drawn against Porto, Barcelona against Napoli, Real Sociedad against PSG, Atletico Madrid against Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmund against PSV, Bayern Munich against Lazio, and Manchester City against Kobenhavn.

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‘Winning is what Real Madrid demands’ – Rudiger, Vinicius, Camavinga speak ahead of UCL final

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Today happens to be the UEFA open media day at Real Madrid ahead of this weekend’s UEFA Champions League finals against Borussia Dortmund in London.

As part of the media day, Real Madrid stars, Antonio Rudiger, Vinicius Jr., and Eduardo Camavinga, spoke to the club’s official channels to discuss the upcoming match and what they are expecting from it.

Rudiger on what it means to play for Real Madrid

Rudiger, who is in his second season as a Real Madrid player, outlined what it meant to play for the club and the demands that come with it, saying:

“For me, it’s very important to have good energy in the dressing room. Playing for this club is a dream come true. I try to enjoy it and that’s why I try to show my best version.

“Winning is what Real Madrid demands. All the best players want to come here and play these games.”

On facing his former team Dortmund in the UCL finals on Sunday, Rudiger remarked: “It will be a difficult game, it’s a final. They will be very well prepared, they are very dangerous on the counter-attack and in strategic plays.

“We have to be in good shape, be disciplined and score one more goal than them. We must not underestimate any of our opponents.”

Vinicius Jr. ready for a crucial week

Vinicius Jr., who is a strong contender to win the Ballon d’Or this year, insisted that this week was one of the most important ones of the season, saying:

“It’s a very important week and hopefully we can win again. We always think about winning. Hopefully, I can score, but the most important thing is to win. It’s a unique game and we have to start strong from the beginning.

“We’ve only lost two games and hopefully we can finish the season like this.”

Vinicius, Camavinga can’t wait for the UCL final. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

On his own game, the Brazilian added: “I’ve never been afraid of losing the ball and that’s what got me here. Not every player can wear this shirt or train with these legends. The togetherness of this team makes us happy.

On facing Dortmund, Vinicius remarked: “The German players are always difficult and they are very close to me, but we’ll see what the coach prepares to do the best.”

Camavinga looking forward to the UCL final

Meanwhile, Eduardo Camavinga stated that he could not wait for the day to come, unable to contain his excitement to play in the UCL final.

“I just want it to be Saturday already to play these kind of matches. We always want more and we want to win the final. We are playing in a mythical stadium, but I just want to win,” he said.

Discussing the team’s preparation for the Dortmund encounter, he added: “We have more concentration because it’s a final. During this week we are going to do everything to prepare for the final. We have a strong team and with good players it is easier to play.

“I thank the fans for their support and we want to win the 15th for you.”

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