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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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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report



Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.

According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.

The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.

The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.

There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.

Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.

Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.

Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.

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