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Real Madrid midfielder will miss second leg vs Manchester City through suspension

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Just a couple of minutes into their game against Manchester City at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid were dealt a huge blow.

Star midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, who started at centre-back today in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal, was booked within minutes after kickoff for a poor challenge on Jack Grealish.

And the yellow card now means that the French international has been ruled out of the second leg of the quarterfinal tie next week at the Etihad Stadium.

Indeed, Tchouameni was already on two yellow cards coming into tonight’s fixture against Man City at the Bernabeu.

And a booking just minutes into the match meant that his tally is now up to three for the season in the Champions League, earning him a one-match suspension.

Tchouameni’s absence will be a huge blow for Real Madrid, for he has become a crucial member of Carlo Ancelotti’s plans this season.

Not only did Tchouameni’s suspension get confirmed, Manchester City ended up scoring from the resulting free-kick from his foul, taking the lead over their hosts at the Bernabeu.

Thankfully for Real Madrid, Tchouameni’s compatriot, Eduardo Camavinga levelled things up via a deflected strike ten minutes later, making it 1-1.

And only a minute later, Rodrygo finished a devastating counter to put the hosts ahead.

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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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