Real Madrid are set to lock horns with RB Leipzig this midweek, in the fifth matchday of the UEFA Champions League.
It is an important game from Leipzig’s point of view, as they are being closely followed by Shakhtar Donetsk in the group standings and must secure at least a point in order to maintain their hopes of qualifying for the next round.
Heading into this encounter, one of Leipzig’s creative lynchpins in Dani Olmo offered his thoughts on Real Madrid.
In an interview with Diario AS, when asked to name the one Real Madrid player he liked the most, the Spanish international responded:
“I love Luka Modric. He’s an immense player. I like everything about him. He’s one of my favorite players. He has a young body with the mind of a veteran. He does everything right on the pitch.”
Formerly of Dinamo Zagreb, Olmo is regarded as one of the most important players for RB Leipzig. Since joining the club in early 2020, he has featured in 100 competitive matches for the east German giants, racking up 18 goals and 21 assists.
Olmo’s progress, though, was marred by an unfortunate injury earlier this campaign. But the Spaniard is fit and ready once again and is looking forward to the upcoming Champions League encounter against Real Madrid.
Olmo’s creative prowess and ability to find balls in the final third could go a long way in boosting Leipzig’s chances of exposing the Real Madrid backline.
It will be particularly interesting to see how the former Barça youth players fares against Modric in the middle of the park this midweek.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.