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Real Madrid stars confident about UCL clash vs Chelsea despite loss to Villarreal

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Real Madrid suffered yet another blow in La Liga after succumbing to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Villarreal last night.

The result should allow Barcelona to take the initiative and extend their lead at the top of the table to 15 points. The Catalans have a match-up against Girona on Monday night.

According to MARCA, the Real Madrid players were understandably upset with the loss, as it means the club are now not in a position to compete for the league title, although they accepted that the defeat was a fair result.

However, the squad’s general reaction is that the defeat will not affect their performance in the upcoming Champions League match.

Despite their shortcomings in the league, Real Madrid have indeed performed well in cup competitions this season. They recently beat Barcelona 4-0 to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final.

As for the Champions League, they are set to take on Chelsea this coming week, in the quarterfinal stage of the tournament.

New Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has recently commented on the tie, suggesting that ‘anything can happen’ despite the Blues’ poor form in the Premier League. The West London giants are currently in 11th in the league table, with not much hope of securing a top-four spot.

Real Madrid are heading into this tie on the back of a supreme 6-2 aggregate win over Liverpool in the Round of 16. Chelsea, in contrast, had a tough time beating Borussia Dortmund.

Hence, the odds should favour the defending champions when they play hosts to Chelsea at the Santiago Bernabeu next week. Whether or not they can consolidate their solid performance in the cup competitions this season, remains to be seen.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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