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Real Madrid winger earns praise from ex-Atletico star ahead of derby: “He’s unstoppable”



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Real Madrid have a hectic run of games ahead of them. They take on Getafe later tonight in a gruelling matchup at Coliseum Alphonso Perez before moving on to two real tests in La Liga.

The Merengues face Atletico Madrid and Girona in back-to-back games after the clash against Jose Bordalas’ men, setting up an exciting couple of weeks.

The highlight, needless to say, will be the Madrid derby that Los Blancos have lost twice this season.

Ex-Atleti striker weighs in

Speaking in an interview (h/t Mundo Deportivo), former Atletico Madrid striker Paulo Futre weighed in on the upcoming Madrid derby.

Commenting on who the most instrumental player on the night would be, he did not require long to name Real Madrid winger Vinicius Jr. as his pick.

“From Real Madrid, the most decisive player will be Vinicius; he is a very dangerous player, who unbalances and who can win a match by himself. He’s a phenomenon. If it’s his day, he’s unstoppable.”

Paulo Futre (C) picks Vinicius as the biggest danger for Atletico. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

The former striker went on to reveal his excitement ahead of the grand fixture and hoped for it to live up to its hype.

“I hope it’s a great game and there is no mistake either for or against any team. The most important thing is sportiness and that it is a good game.”

The rescheduling saga

There has been a lot of talk ahead of the upcoming Madrid Derby, but a lot of the emphasis has been on the scheduling of the clash.

Los Rojiblancos hoped for La Liga to reschedule the game against Real Madrid to Saturday night considering their Copa del Rey semifinal fixture against Athletic Club scheduled for Wednesday night.

After all, they will have less than 48 hours to prepare for the clash as it stands.

Much to Diego Simeone’s dismay, however, the organisers did not play any such card. The game will continue on Sunday night as initially planned, and Real Madrid will look to take their revenge on the night.

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Toni Kroos opens up on retirement decision – ‘I am sad at the moment’



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Real Madrid have the opportunity to make this a historic season by lifting their 15th UEFA Champions League title.

But even in the event Madrid gets their hands on the trophy, the conclusion of the season will leave a bittersweet feeling as Toni Kroos is set to depart the club.

The German midfielder was urged to continue plying his trade in the Spanish Capital for another season since his timeless quality is yet to fade away, but Kroos remained firm on his decision.

Kroos opens up about retirement

Now, reflecting on his imminent departure from the club he has played 464 games with, Kroos has opened up about how the decision came about and his thought process.

“I am sad at the moment. Something that defined me, that gave so much fun and gave me so many positive memories is coming to an end,” Kroos professed on his podcast.

Kroos plays his final home game for Real Madrid tomorrow. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

However, he claims there is a slight silver lining about the news becoming public, as there is no more pressure on him to constantly answer questions about his future and focus solely on finishing his career in the best way possible.

“I am happy that the news is out. It is a relief because a lot of people were speculating and I didn’t feel like answering questions about my future all the time,” Kroos claimed.

The veteran midfielder adds that retiring was never a clear-cut decision as his emotions fluctuated frequently.

“Retiring was never a 100-0 decision. The feelings swing in other directions, in the days at the end it was maybe a 80-20 or 70-30 decision. And that 30% is what makes you feel something,” he said.

Furthermore, Kroos reveals that he shared the news of his retirement to Ancelotti first and foremost, then relayed his decision to his teammates.

“I told Carlo [Ancelotti] first that I’m retiring. Then the club, then Luka [Modric], Fede [Valverde], Lucas [Vazquez]…” he exclaimed.

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