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Real Madrid defender highlights team’s problems vs RB Leipzig in 2-1 aggregate win

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Real Madrid narrowly avoid a potential setback in the UEFA Champions League as they secured a 2-1 aggregate win over RB Leipzig in the Round of 16.

After coming on the back of a 1-0 victory in the first leg, many expected Real Madrid to clinch a formidable win in the second leg at the Bernabeu.

But Leipzig provided a tough fight, equalising in the 68th minute and giving the Real Madrid defence a run for their money during the final phase of the campaign.

Antonio Rudiger on Real Madrid’s narrow escape

In a recent media interaction, Real Madrid defender Antonio Rudiger highlighted the team’s deficiencies against RB Leipzig and the club’s narrow escape at the hands of Leipzig.

“We were sloppy, we were slow, played zero intensity, we didn’t get in the challenges and you get punished for this in the Champions League. This time we are through, but we have things to talk about,” Rudiger told CBS Sports (h/t Madrid Xtra) after the game.

The German, for his part, had a rather impressive outing against Leipzig. Although he was busy for the entirety of the game, he weathered the storm very well, making some crucial interventions to deny Leipzig a second goal.

Unfortunately, though, Rudiger did not receive proper support from his teammates, which allowed Leipzig to launch a flurry of counterattacks.

What’s the road ahead?

After a narrow escape to Leipzig, Real Madrid will look to shift their focus back to La Liga. They have an important game against Celta Vigo on Sunday.

A win against Celta could go a long way in helping Los Blancos further consolidate their position at the top of the league table.

As for the Champions League, Real Madrid’s task won’t get any easier in the quarterfinal stage, where Los Blancos may face the likes of Manchester City and Bayern Munich.

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France manager talks Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid, Tchouameni injury

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After unveiling the final squad for France for the upcoming European Championship, coach Didier Deschamps appeared in front of the media to discuss the nation’s preparations for the tournament.

Deschamps was notably asked about Kylian Mbappe and his potential move to Real Madrid in the coming summer.

Deschamps on Mbappe announcement

When asked when Real Madrid may announce the signing of Mbappe, the French coach replied (h/t L’Equipe), “They will decide when it’s time to make it official. As far as possible, I will adapt to the squad.”

This comes on the back of earlier reports which claim that Real Madrid are desperate to announce the signing of Mbappe before the start of Euro 2024.

Mbappe might become a Real Madrid player before the start of Euro 2024 (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The coveted tournament begins June 14, though France’s opening game is on June 18 as they take on Austria in the city of Dusseldorf.

Deschamps also dismissed concerns over Mbappe’s form, stating, “You don’t find Kylian Mbappé in good shape? He only scored 44 goals in the season. It’s true that he could have done better.”

Deschamps on Tchouameni’s fitness

As things stand, a total of three Real Madrid players are a part of the France squad for the European Championship.

One of them is Aurelien Tchouameni, who picked up a knock earlier this month which could keep him out of the upcoming Champions League final.

Deschamps, though, is not worried about his fitness and is hopeful of having the midfielder back for the Euros.

“Tchouaméni? I’m not worried. The deadline is too short for the UCL final but for the Euro it’s more than doable,” he said.

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