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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Celtic



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After a disappointing and controversial result against Girona on the weekend, Real Madrid have the task of locking horns against Celtic in the final round of the Champions League. As it stands, they are on top of the group with ten points, but dropping points today could prove to be fateful ahead of an already hectic second half of the season.

As such, Carlo Ancelotti has gone with the best possible starting lineup of the players he has available. Karim Benzema is still recovering from an injury, and Rodrygo continues in his place through the centre.

Marco Asensio has been included in the team on the right-wing, with Vinicius Jr rounding off the trio on the left-wing.

Toni Kroos has taken Aurelien Tchouameni’s place in defensive midfield, while Federico Valverde starts as the left central midfielder. Luka Modric takes responsibility of the captain’s armband as the other interior.

Familiar faces in the back-four, with Ferland Mendy as the left-back. Dani Carvajal retains his spot on the right side of the quartet, with Eder Militao replacing Antonio Rudiger in central defence. David Alaba continues alongside him, as one would expect.

This back-four will be guarding Thibaut Courtois’ goal.

Vinicius · Rodrygo · Asensio
Valverde · Kroos · Modric
Mendy · Alaba · Militao · Carvajal

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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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