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Real Madrid match-winner elated after victory over Union Berlin: “Gives me a lot of confidence”

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Real Madrid pulled off yet another unbelievable comeback in the UEFA Champions League last night to register a late 3-2 win over Union Berlin. The result sees them top the table with a perfect 18 points and in clear first place ahead of Napoli.

The game was far from easy for Los Blancos and even included a missed penalty from Luka Modric. Yet, the team showed great character in the second period to warrior on and take all three points.

Dani Ceballos, one of the goalscorers on the night, spoke to the media after the clash. He began by speaking on the importance of the three points and the significance of Real Madrid’s unbeaten spell.

“We are happy for the full of victories in the Group Stage. We had achieved it three times more in history and on a personal level the goal gives me a lot of confidence. I am very happy to have been able to give the three points to the team.”

The Spanish midfielder also emphasised how the team gave it their all despite the match having no bearing on their qualification.

“We have achieved all the possible points. The team has come out plugged in despite being an inconsequential match, but the DNA of this shield forces you to win.”

“Our goal was full of victories and we have achieved it. The team has proposed everything in the best possible way and today until the last minute we have gone for victory. We are very happy,” he added.

When Union Berlin netted the equaliser with five minutes to go, many felt the game was set to finish a draw. Yet, as Real Madrid do so often, they found a winner despite the time limitation.

“The differential factor is the good rapport that is on and off the field. Despite the injuries, the team is competing and arriving in better shape and this victory reinforces us for the two games that we have left before the Christmas break,” Ceballos said on the secret behind Real Madrid’s ability to comeback.

“We are very happy for these 15 games without losing but La Liga is very complicated and in the Champions League there are very strong teams,” he added, urging his teammates forward to fight on all fronts.

The midfielder then spoke on his difficult start to the season, for he has faced repeated injuries right from preseason.

“I am happy personally. It has not been the desired start of the season for me, because I had never had injuries and I relapsed.”

“The last two games were not the best either and today I found myself more comfortable. What I have to do is add and contribute to the team as much as possible,” he added.

Finally, Ceballos detailed how his winning goal came to be and the work that went into its buildup.

“It has been a great pass from Bellingham, I have seen that the rival opened his legs a little and I have managed to put it underneath. Rüdiger told me to hit her like this because the defender opened his legs when defending.”

Source: Real Madrid website

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Real Madrid star unlikely to travel to London with the rest of the squad

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Real Madrid will be on their way to England this Thursday as they gear up to take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday.

The players and the staff will be on a flight to London tomorrow to prepare for the clash at Wembley.

However, according to a report from journalist Arancha Rodriguez, Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin might not travel with the rest of the team tomorrow.

The 25-year-old Ukrainian goalkeeper has not trained for three days in a row after coming down with the flu.

Lunin has overcome the flu, but he still has the virus and there is still a chance he could be contagious.

Lunin will not travel with the rest of the team. (Photo by Rafal Oleksiewicz/Getty Images)

As such, Real Madrid, aware of the importance of Saturday’s match against Borussia Dortmund, are considering leaving the Ukrainian behind to avoid any possible contagion ahead of the Champions League final.

The goalkeeper will likely not travel with the rest of the expedition to London on Thursday and will fly alone on Saturday to avoid the risk of infection.

On Thursday, Lunin will undergo another check-up and, depending on the viral load, he could even travel on Friday. But it seems impossible for him to travel with his teammates.

It has already been suggested that Lunin would be making way for Thibaut Courtois in the starting lineup against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. The likelihood of that has increased following the events of this week.

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