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Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Rayo Vallecano

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Still undefeated in the league, Real Madrid now face Rayo Vallecano away from home for matchday 13 of La Liga.

Anything short of a win here and Los Blancos would face immense pressure from Barcelona, who are currently top of the league, two points clear of their rivals.

The unfortunate news is, they are arguably without their best player for the game, as Karim Benzema’s injury means he’s still sidelined. Carlo Ancelotti has suggested that he could return in time for the midweek clash against Cadiz, but is not fit enough for this weekend.

The defence is missing Antonio Rudiger after the German picked up a knock in the buildup for the Rayo game. He is expected not to play the Cadiz game either, with his priorities set on the World Cup.

Toni Kroos picked up a red card against Girona and is suspended for this game. He will return for the game against Cadiz, though, especially since he is not participating in the World Cup.

Iker Bravo was expected to receive a call-up for this game in Benzema’s absence, but does not make the cut quite yet. Ancelotti has confirmed, however, that Castilla players could be included soon enough.

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown

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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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