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Real Madrid ace was not 100% fit for the Manchester City clash – report

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Real Madrid’s hopes of retaining their UEFA Champions League withered away last night as they suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City in the semifinals.

The Premier League champions booked a ticket to the final, following a 5-1 aggregate win over Los Blancos. As the scoreline suggests, it was not a good night for the Spanish giants as they were lacklustre and were beaten by Man City in every aspect.

One of the players who struggled to perform was Eduardo Camavinga. Starting at left-back, the youngster was not able to make an impact and was constantly outplayed by his counterparts.

According to Diario AS, Camavinga’s performance made it evident that the player was far from fit on the night. He was, after all, coming on the back of a knock he incurred against Getafe in the last match.

The Frenchman twisted his ankle and asked to be substituted in the 84th minute, even though Carlo Ancelotti had already assigned Marco Asensio as his fifth sub. Confusion ensued when Asensio was asked to stay on the pitch so that Camavinga can be brought off.

This led Getafe to file an official complaint to RFEF’s Competition Commission. If the complaint is upheld, Real Madrid will be handed a 3-0 defeat.

Ancelotti, meanwhile, should deserve some of the blame for the calamity yesterday. The Real Madrid coach was the first one to rule out Camavinga’s injury soon after the Getafe match and insisted that he will start against Manchester City.

But following the Frenchman’s shoddy performance and lack of fitness on the night, it appears Ancelotti would have been better advised to start someone else, such as Ferland Mendy, who had recovered from his injury at the weekend.

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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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