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Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas makes bold Champions League final prediction



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The UEFA Champions League draw this season has made the run into the final more interesting than ever.

On one side, the competition sees all of the perennial favourites fight it out for just one spot in the final. Chelsea, Manchester City, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich are the four teams on the same side of the draw and three of them will bite the dust.

On the other hand, stand four relatively unconventional candidates when considering recent seasons of football. AC Milan, Inter Milan, Napoli, and Benfica stand together with the assurance that one of them will get to play the club football’s greatest game.

Earlier this week, Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas was asked who he thought would advance to the final. Keeping the draw in mind, he selected Real Madrid and an Italian opposition for the crowning game.

“Champions League final? I’d say Real Madrid vs Napoli,” he told DAZN Italy (h/t Madrid Xtra).

His prediction is not surprising, and in fact, has a great chance of coming true. The Naples-based side have been unstoppable all season and enter the competition as favourites to advance to the final.

28 games into the Serie A campaign, Napoli sit 16 points clear on the league standings and have scored a whopping 64 goals in the competition alone. On that front, they sit 20 and 21 points above the Rossoneri and the Nerazzuri respectively.

In fact, it is the men in white who have a more difficult run into the final. To get to the grandstand fixture, they will have to overcome Chelsea over two legs this month before taking on either Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City or Thomas Tuchel’s Bayern Munich in the semifinal.

The first leg of the UCL quarterfinal will kick off next week. Given Chesea’s managerial crisis, the onus to capitalise is on Real Madrid.

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Official: Marco Asensio leaves Real Madrid on a free transfer



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Real Madrid have officially announced that winger Marco Asensio will be leaving the club as a free agent at the end of the season. The Spaniard was between a contract extension and departure for a very long time, and eventually decided it was best for him to leave.

Asensio joined Madrid eight years ago, as a 20-year-old, and was loaned out to Espanyol during his first season in the top flight, where he scored four goals and gave ten assists across 34 appearances.

He has since been a key member of Real Madrid’s team, often dropping in and out of starting lineups, though. During his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, Asensio has won three UEFA Champions Leagues, four FIFA Club World Cups, three La Ligas, and three European Super Cups.

“Real Madrid fans will never forget their path and their exemplary behaviors during all this time. Madrid is, and will always be, his home,” the farewell announcement said.

Now, rumours suggest that Asensio will heading to Paris to join PSG on a Bosman move.

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