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Real Madrid veteran midfielder not pleased with tactics vs RB Leipzig

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Real Madrid were collectively poor against Leipzig in last night’s UEFA Champions League clash at Santiago Bernabeu. Los Blancos were under pressure for the better part of the game, and only one incisive attack and goal set them apart from the German opposition.

One of the team’s few good performers last night was the midfield veteran Toni Kroos who dished out an absolute clinic. He started the game as part of the double pivot alongside Aurelien Tchouameni and completed nine out of nine attempted long balls on the night.

Further, he completed 95% of his passes, two successful dribbles and made 15 defensive actions on the night.

The 34-year-old spoke to AS after the team’s aggregate win over RB Leipzig last night, giving credit to Marco Rose’s men for putting up a resilient battle and even outplaying Real Madrid over the two legs.

“Leipzig played well, defended very well and through their defence they were able to create good counterattacks. We knew they could be dangerous.”

The German star then revealed what went wrong for his side last night, hinting that Carlo Ancelotti’s tactics to start five midfielders backfired.

“To some extent, we were fine with the ball, but we didn’t have enough people forward to be dangerous.”

Kroos also looked back towards the game from a Real Madrid perspective and took the media through the various emotions the dressing room went through on the night at different stages of the game.

“The result is one thing, how we play is another. At half-time we felt good about the result, but not of the way we were playing.”

“The second half was a little better, but still not good enough to say that we deserve to be in the next round. We didn’t do it well at all, but we’re in the quarterfinals,” he added modestly.

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Just in – Kylian Mbappe to opt out of Olympics, will join Real Madrid in August

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Real Madrid are confident that Kylian Mbappe will not participate in the Paris Olympic Games, and as a result, they expect him to join their preseason squad in August, according to a striking report from SPORT.

The club has made it clear that they will not make any exceptions for Mbappe, nor will they treat him as a “special case” who can participate in both the Euro Cup and the Olympic Games, which are generally meant for younger athletes.

It is important to highlight that Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, is currently in Paris for a FIFA event. This event will give him the opportunity to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and discuss the potential transfer of Mbappe.

One of Perez’s main interests is to bring the French star to Real Madrid as soon as possible. Ideally, this would be after the European Championship in Germany, which runs from June 14 to July 14, followed by a short vacation. 

Kylian Mbappe will join real Madrid this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

This is why Mbappe would be expected to join the team only in August.

No Mbappe is Paris Olympics

Interestingly, this plan would be disrupted if Mbappe were to compete in the Paris Olympic Games. 

While participating in the Olympics would be highly appealing to the French capital and could even boost Mbappe’s popularity among his fellow countrymen, Real Madrid sources believe that he will skip the Olympics.

For now, Real Madrid’s confidence that Mbappe will not participate in the Olympics means they are planning for him to join the team for the preseason in August.

Meanwhile, as the situation is still developing, Perez’s trip to Paris for FIFA’s 120th Anniversary appears to be yielding results, paving the way for Mbappe’s anticipated move to Real Madrid.

While everything related to the transfer is on track, the official announcement is pending followed by the presentation.

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