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Official: Real Madrid squad list to face RB Leipzig



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Real Madrid are looking to seal the top spot in Group F of the UEFA Champions League as they take on RB Leipzig in midweek.

Heading into the game, the reigning European champions have recently confirmed their squad list for the trip to Leipzig, who have had to cope with the death of owner Dietrich Mateschitz earlier today.

The Real Madrid team does not feature Karim Benzema, who missed out on the weekend encounter against Sevilla due to muscle fatigue. He is set to remain out once again, though Carlo Ancelotti has no shortage of options in the form of Eden Hazard, Vinicius Junior and youngster Alvaro Rodriguez.

Another major absentee is Federico Valverde, who suffered a minor concussion after the Sevilla contest. He has been presumably rested, as Ancelotti keeps one eye on the Girona encounter later this week.

One notable inclusion in the squad, aside from youngster Alvaro, is Sergio Arribas. Widely regarded as one of the best talents coming out of La Fabrica academy, the playmaker is hoping to gain his big break this midweek, especially in the absence of Valverde.

Real Madrid squad vs Leipzig: Courtois, Lunin, Lopez; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Vallejo, Nacho, Odriozola, Lucas Vazquez, Rudiger, Mendy; Kroos, Modric, Camavinga, Tchouameni, Dotor, Arribas; Hazard, Asensio, Vinicius, Rodrygo, Alvaro

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’



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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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