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Real Madrid motivated to make ‘one more effort’ to ‘kill’ Barcelona despite fatigue



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Just a few days after beating Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid are gearing up for yet another important encounter as they take on Barcelona at home this evening.

This is a crucial game in the context of the title race, knowing a win for Real Madrid will help them effectively kill the title race.

However, after the wear and tear from midweek, there is visible fatigue in the Real Madrid setup, though Diario AS claims that no one in the dressing room is preparing any excuses and there is a newfound conviction to ‘kill Barcelona’.

Real Madrid ready ‘one more effort’

The report suggests Real Madrid players are preparing ‘one more effort’ ahead of the Barcelona game, despite all the fatigue creeping in.

The players had to run for 120 minutes in midweek, which was followed by a mentally taxing penalty shootout. But that hasn’t impacted the conviction of Real Madrid players to defeat Barcelona tonight.

Real Madrid are determined to kill Barcelona’s title hopes (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid players are aware that even a draw could go a long way in killing Barcelona’s title hopes. But it appears are looking to ‘devour’ Barcelona and kill any hopes of pushing for a late title challenge. They want to win the game and seize all the three points at hand.

Physios hard at work

If Real Madrid are to stage another strong fight this evening, the players must overcome the fatigue incurred this midweek.

That is why the Real Madrid physios are working ’round the clock. The players are taking countless ice baths while physiotherapy machines are working overnight.

It appears Real Madrid players are pushing the boundaries in order to get back to optimal fitness levels before they take on Barcelona tonight.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’




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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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