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Real Madrid defender ruled out of UCL semi-final first leg vs Bayern through suspension



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Real Madrid dished out a gritty and resolute performance enroute to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals as they eliminated Manchester City via penalty shootouts.

Given their past poor record at the Etihad, there were concerns heading into the game, but Carlo Ancelotti & co. toughed it out for 120 minutes before edging Pep Guardiola’s men out in the penalties.

Every player that stepped out on the pitch put in an immense performance for Real Madrid and did what was asked of him, putting in serious shifts to keep Man City at bay.

With a place in the semi-final now booked, Real Madrid will be facing Bayern Munich in the tie, after the German giants defeated Arsenal in their quarter-finals.

Dani Carvajal set to miss semi-final first leg

However, Real Madrid will have to make do without one of their most important players for the first leg of the semi-finals as key man Dani Carvajal has been ruled out through suspension.

Carvajal will miss the UCL semi-final 1st leg. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Carvajal started the game at right-back and was involved in an intense battle, first with Jack Grealish and later with Jeremy Doku and he fought hard to keep the City forwards at bay.

However, in the first period, the Spanish international was forced to commit a foul on Grealish after getting beaten by the Englishman, which earned him a booking.

It was Carvajal’s third yellow card of the season in the UEFA Champions League, which means an automatic one-match suspension for the veteran.

As such, the veteran defender will now miss the first leg of the semi-finals against Bayern Munich, which will be played away at Allianz Arena later this month.

Carvajal has been ever-present in defence for Real Madrid this season and has put in some top-notch displays. As such, his absence will be a crucial one and Ancelotti will turn to Lucas Vazquez to fill the void.

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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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