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Real Madrid’s dodgy UCL knockouts record against Pep Guardiola ahead of Man City clash

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With PSG and Borussia Dortmund securing berths in the Champions League semifinals, it is now time for Real Madrid, Manchester City, Arsenal and Bayern Munich to battle it out for the two remaining places.

Man City and Real Madrid will certainly be the headline encounter, with the two teams looking for a win at the Etihad in order to secure a ticket for the semis.

There is much confidence and optimism in the Real Madrid camp heading into this encounter, with Vinicius Junior, in particular, determined to beat the Premier League champions.

Real Madrid’s shoddy record against Guardiola

Real Madrid, though, must approach this game with pragmatism and can’t be too overconfident about their chances.

The Pep Guardiola factor, in particular, will resonate fear in the Real Madrid camp, especially considering the club’s shoddy record against the Catalan coach.

Guardiola strikes fear into Real Madrid hearts (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Indeed, Guardiola is the coach who has been able to eliminate Real Madrid more than anyone else in the Champions League – three times.

The first elimination came in 2011 when Guardiola was in charge of Barcelona. Guardiola was not able to eliminate Real Madrid during his time at Bayern Munich, but at Man City, he has eliminated Los Blancos twice – in 2020 and 2023.

Now, Guardiola is looking to extend his record by eliminating Real Madrid fourth time.

Guardiola vs Real Madrid

As far as Guardiola’s overall record against Real Madrid is concerned, the Catalan mastermind has played against Los Blancos 24 times, recording 13 victories.

Guardiola has lost against Real Madrid only five times and only one of them came during his tenure at Manchester City – in 2022.

Overall, at Man City, Guardiola has been able to best Real Madrid four times in seven encounters.

However, Guardiola’s men will be coming up against a Real Madrid side which has indicated many times in the past that records do not matter. As such, past records should only be taken with a grain of salt as the two teams lock horns at Etihad tonight.

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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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