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Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Rayo Vallecano | La Liga GW25

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Real Madrid will be aiming to strengthen their grip on the top spot in La Liga when they take on Rayo Vallecano away at Estadio de Vallecas on Sunday.

Ahead of the game, manager Carlo Ancelotti has announced the squad list of players that will be on the trip to Vallecas for tomorrow’s clash.

Brahim Diaz, who picked up a knock during the midweek clash against RB Leipzig, is fully fit and named on the squad list.

As expected, neither Antonio Rudiger nor Jude Bellingham are in the roster as they continue to recover from their respective injury problems. However, there is hope that the former could return against Sevilla next week.

Ferland Mendy is also a notable absentee as he is suspended for the clash for accumulating five yellow cards in the league.

There is a place for youngster Jacobo Ramon once again after having been in the squad list for the Girona game last week.

The rest of the squad is pretty much the usual, with Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, and David Alaba the other absentees.

Arda Guler was a topic that Ancelotti discussed during the press conference and the teenager could get some minutes tomorrow.

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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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