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Official: Real Madrid squad list to face FC Barcelona

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Real Madrid will play hosts to arch-rivals FC Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu tomorrow in Matchday 32 of La Liga.

With an eight-point lead over the Catalans, Real Madrid will hope to grab a win and further extend their advantage and take a step towards winning the league title.

On the eve of the match, manager Carlo Ancelotti has announced the list of Real Madrid players who will be at his disposal to face Xavi Hernandez’s men on Sunday night.

Even though Ferland Mendy did not train with the team today, the French left-back has been named in the squad, although it remains to be seen if he is ready to start or not.

Both Dani Carvajal and Vinicius Jr., who suffered from fatigue during the game against Manchester City, are fit and available and on the squad list.

Thibaut Courtois made a surprise return to group training today but is not deemed to be fit to return and is not on the squad list. David Alaba is the other notable absentee for the Spanish capital club.

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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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