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Official: Real Madrid squad list against Las Palmas | La Liga match day 22

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With nearly half the season remaining at this point, Real Madrid will be hoping to build on their 3-2 win against Almeria last weekend as they travel to Gran Canaria to take on Garcia Pimienta’s Las Palmas.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the injury issues to the squad, confirming that everyone barring Eder Militao, Thibaut Courtois, and David Alaba are fit and gunning to participate.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

As per the squad list released by Madrid, Jude Bellingham is the non-ACL player missing from the travelling team. The Englishman picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Almeria, and will be available for selection in midweek against Getafe.

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes, Ancelotti said about Bellingham’s suspension.

With Daniel Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez also fit, Vinicius Tobias has not been called up from the reserve side. Nico Paz will also not travel with the senior team now that Aurelien Tchoumeni and Eduardo Camavinga are at 100% fitness.

Federico Valverde did not train a couple of days back due to a knock, but has been included in the squad for tomorrow after returning to training yesterday.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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