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Real Madrid superstar responds to Barcelona’s complaints about Clasico refereeing

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Following the 3-2 win over Barcelona on Sunday night, Real Madrid have one hand on the La Liga title as they have opened up an 11-point lead with six games left.

The Clasico victory, though, brought with it some controversy as Barcelona were left far from pleased by the refereeing on the night.

The current league champions were unhappy with the penalty given over Pau Cubarsi’s foul on Lucas Vazquez and also called for a red card for Eduardo Camavinga for a foul on Lamine Yamal.

But the biggest protests have been surrounding Lamine Yamal’s disallowed goal with Barcelona president Joan Laporta even saying that they might push for a replay.

Thibaut Courtois responds

Real Madrid players and staff have not been drawn into all the noise surrounding the refereeing and the VAR calls from El Clasico on Sunday.

But, first-choice goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, currently recovering from injury, was asked about what he thought of Barcelona’s complaints about the game earlier today.

“I’m not going to go into it, it’s very easy to see with technology…,” he told El Golazo de Gol.

Barcelona have been vocal about their displeasure about Yamal’s disallowed goal. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

On his recovery

Having suffered a fresh injury setback last month after recovering from his ACL rupture, Courtois surprised everyone by returning to training with the group last week.

While his recovery is going good, the Belgian ace made it clear that he is in no rush to return to the field and is happy to see Andriy Lunin perform.

“Little by little. I’m seeing Lunin very well, so there’s no rush. When I feel good I’ll see when I can play,” he explained.

In principle, it is expected that Courtois will not be playing again this season and will only make his comeback once the new campaign gets underway.

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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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