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Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Union Berlin | UEFA Champions League



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Real Madrid will make the trip to the German capital of Berlin to lock horns against Union Berlin in the last round of the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League group stages. The goal is to go six-for-six and end the group stages in perfect fashion.

Kepa Arrizabalaga returned from his injury against Real Betis, but was not given the nod over Andriy Lunin for the game. He is, however, expected to start in midweek, having recovered fully.

With Daniel Carvajal out for a few weeks with injury, Carlo Ancelotti has called up Vinicius Tobias to reinforce the defence. The Castilla right-back will likely start on the bench, with Vazquez getting the starting position.

Mario Martin, Nico Paz, and Gonzalo Garcia have will also be traveling with the first-team for this game, not for the first time this season, though.

Arda Guler is still not fit enough to play his first game for Los Blancos, and will have to wait for a few more weeks before he can make his debut.

Meanwhile, Eduardo Camavinga has begun training on grass, and could be the first of the injured players to make his return, but not before January.

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Toni Kroos opens up on retirement decision – ‘I am sad at the moment’



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Real Madrid have the opportunity to make this a historic season by lifting their 15th UEFA Champions League title.

But even in the event Madrid gets their hands on the trophy, the conclusion of the season will leave a bittersweet feeling as Toni Kroos is set to depart the club.

The German midfielder was urged to continue plying his trade in the Spanish Capital for another season since his timeless quality is yet to fade away, but Kroos remained firm on his decision.

Kroos opens up about retirement

Now, reflecting on his imminent departure from the club he has played 464 games with, Kroos has opened up about how the decision came about and his thought process.

“I am sad at the moment. Something that defined me, that gave so much fun and gave me so many positive memories is coming to an end,” Kroos professed on his podcast.

Kroos plays his final home game for Real Madrid tomorrow. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

However, he claims there is a slight silver lining about the news becoming public, as there is no more pressure on him to constantly answer questions about his future and focus solely on finishing his career in the best way possible.

“I am happy that the news is out. It is a relief because a lot of people were speculating and I didn’t feel like answering questions about my future all the time,” Kroos claimed.

The veteran midfielder adds that retiring was never a clear-cut decision as his emotions fluctuated frequently.

“Retiring was never a 100-0 decision. The feelings swing in other directions, in the days at the end it was maybe a 80-20 or 70-30 decision. And that 30% is what makes you feel something,” he said.

Furthermore, Kroos reveals that he shared the news of his retirement to Ancelotti first and foremost, then relayed his decision to his teammates.

“I told Carlo [Ancelotti] first that I’m retiring. Then the club, then Luka [Modric], Fede [Valverde], Lucas [Vazquez]…” he exclaimed.

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