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Real Madrid star happy with Barcelona’s ‘unexpected’ loss, but distraught over derby draw

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Barcelona failed to extending their lead at the top of the La Liga table over Real Madrid to ten points when they fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Almeria this past weekend.

Shortly after the result, it was reported that the Real Madrid Whatsapp group went ecstatic and there is much hope that the reigning Spanish champions have what it takes to overtake their direct rivals in the race for the league table.

However, speaking on his podcast, Real Madrid superstar Toni Kroos, despite admitting his shock at Barça’s defeat, said he was more worried and disappointed about Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid.

“Barcelona losing was a bit unexpected and obviously good for us, but I think differently: it bothers me even more that we didn’t beat Atletico, that we didn’t take advantage of it,” Kroos said on his podcast.

Real Madrid’s draw with Atleti in the Madrid derby did indeed invite a lot of backlashes, even from the club’s own set of fans, with many believing that it will pave the way for Barcelona to extend their lead at the top.

Fortunately for the Merengues, the Catalans slumped to a narrow defeat to Almeria, which means the gap between the two clubs at the club is now seven points.

Although a significant number, Real Madrid are confident they can make the ground during the remainder of the campaign.

In the meantime, though, the two clubs will be more focused on their upcoming clash in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final on Thursday. It is a must-win encounter for Real Madrid as they look to gain an advantage heading into the second leg next month.

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Official: Real Madrid duo start for Spain against Luka Modric’s Croatia

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Spain will begin their UEFA Euro 2024 journey in a little over an hour with a clash against Croatia at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

Ahead of the match, Luis de la Fuente has announced the starting lineup that will be taking the field for La Roja and two Real Madrid stars feature in the team.

Indeed, Los Blancos’ captain Nacho Fernandez gets the nod as one of the centre-backs amid some injury concerns for Spain.

Meanwhile, Dani Carvajal holds on to his usual place as the right-back for La Roja against Croatia.

There is no place in the starting lineup for Real Madrid forward Joselu, though, with De la Fuente preferring Alvaro Morata as his No. 9 instead.

While Croatia are yet to announce their starting lineup, it is all but certain that Real Madrid midfielder and legend Luka Modric will be in the team and will be captaining them against two of his club teammates today.

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