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Real Madrid angry about referee decisions vs Girona: “If this happened to Barcelona or Atletico”
Real Madrid failed to win their second game in a row across all competitions as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Girona in La Liga. The result came after Los Blancos’ 3-2 loss to RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League.
The draw means that Barcelona have now closed down the gap to the top of the table to just one point. And, Real Madrid are feeling the heat as they look to hold on to the first spot in the table before teams break for the FIFA World Cup next month.
There were a couple of contentious moments in the Girona encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu as Rodrygo Goes had a goal ruled out and the visitors were given a penalty for an alleged handball by Marco Asensio.
The decisions have not gone down too well in the Madrid camp, with Carlo Ancelotti questioning the referee’s decisions in his post-match presser.
Now, MARCA reports that the Real Madrid personnel are angry about the decisions at such a crucial juncture of the season.
Not very long ago, Los Blancos amazingly had three goals chalked off for offside in the La Liga clash against Elche and they were once again at the receiving end of some questionable calls by the match officials on Sunday, leading to an angry reaction.
The Real Madrid officials are said to be wondering the sort of reaction the situation would have drawn if it happened with either Barcelona or Atletico Madrid.
“If this had happened to Barcelona or Atletico, what would people say,” is a sentiment that is reportedly reverberating in the Real Madrid offices after the game against Girona.
It is important for Ancelotti & co. to put the incidents behind and focus on the upcoming matches against Celtic, Rayo Vallecano, and Cadiz. Winning all three matches would ensure that they go into the World Cup break with momentum and advantage over their rivals.
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Real Madrid have made Man City defensive target a top priority for the summer
Although Antonio Rudiger has had success since joining Real Madrid last summer, the club are in need of more depth and players that can form the backbone of the defensive unit in the years to come.
As part of their plans, Real Madrid are prioritising a move for Josko Gvardiol in the coming summer, reports 90 Min.
The outlet suggests Gvardiol will be one of the most wanted prospects in the market, with both Real Madrid and Manchester City eyeing a move for the Croatian international come the end of the season.
Formerly of Dinamo Zagreb, Gvardiol has enjoyed immense success since his move to the Bundesliga in 2021. He has impressed onlookers with his skill, organisation and discipline, which, coupled with his versatility, make him an appealing target for any European giant.
Gvardiol was also one of the top performers at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, helping Croatia finish third in the competition. His performances have not gone unnoticed, with Real Madrid among the clubs who have been keeping an eye on the defender for a while now.
However, signing Gvardiol will be a tricky task for Los Blancos. The player still has a long-term contract at Leipzig and could cost up to €85 million, as reported by 90 Min. Not to mention, the competition from Man City could be significant.
Real Madrid have no shortage of alternatives, though, with the club notably closely monitoring Portuguese defensive whizkid Antonio Silva, among others. So it will be interesting to see how the Spanish giants approach the market in this coming summer.