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RB Leipzig midfielder reveals admiration for Real Madrid veteran ahead of UCL clash
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.
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51-year-old manager the ‘clear favourite’ to succeed Ancelotti at Real Madrid – report
With there being uncertainty surrounding the future of Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, it seems like Los Blancos have identified the ideal candidate to succeed the Italian if he leaves.
Indeed, according to TyC Sports in Argentina, former PSG and Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is the clear favourite to replace Ancelotti once he moves on from Real Madrid.
The 51-year-old tactician is currently unattached after having been let go of by PSG last summer. And, he could now make a sensational return to management with Real Madrid.
Ancelotti has a contract with the Merengues until the summer of 2024. But, his future is not entirely secure at this point as the current champions of Spain and Europe are losing the La Liga title race to Barcelona while they are also hanging by a thread in Copa del Rey.
Unless the 63-year-old leads Real Madrid to a major trophy this term, an exit could be on the cards. And, the Brazilian national team are lying in wait to swoop him away if such a scenario materialises.
Several names such as Raul Gonzalez, Zinedine Zidane, Julian Nagelsmann, and Xabi Alonso have been linked with the Real Madrid job if Ancelotti leaves.
But, now it is being claimed that Pochettino has emerged as the frontrunner to take over from the Italian tactician. The 51-year-old is understood to be president Florentino Perez’s most favourite candidate and is seen as a perfect fit at Real Madrid.
Pochettino had the chance of taking over at Real Madrid in the past but could not secure a release from Tottenham. Now, though, he is unattached and has reportedly even rejected a chance to rejoin Spurs as he is ready to wait until the summer for Real Madrid.
The report also suggests that Pochettino has previously rejected the likes of Ajax, Chelsea, Belgium national team and Brazil as well as he continues to wait for an approach from Los Blancos at the end of the season.