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Rodrygo talks Vinicius, Champions League, Haaland: “No one knows how to stop him”

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With three goals and an assist to his name in Real Madrid’s last five games, Rodrygo Goes is in fine touch. The Brazilian has enjoyed a fine season under Carlo Ancelotti and has become a regular starter in the lineup.

In 30 league appearances this season, he has scored six goals and provided eight assists for Real Madrid. Further, he averages 1.4 key passes per game and has created ten big chances.

The youngster recently gave an interview to RTVE ahead of Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey final where he talked about the club’s position across all competitions and Vinicius Jr amongst other topics.

Rodrygo spoke about Real Madrid’s upcoming UEFA Champions League semifinal tie against Manchester City and singled out Erling Haaland as their most potent weapon.

“Haaland scores a lot of goals, no one knows how to stop him. I hope he doesn’t score against us,” he said.

“Manchester City is always scary. They are a great team, they play very well, but we are confident that we can win,” he added.

He then went on to highlight the mood in the dressing room after the team’s defeat to Real Sociedad which eliminated any remaining hopes in La Liga. At the same time, however, he refused to stay stuck in the past.

“We are all angry after the defeat against Real Sociedad, but we are more calm and focused on the upcoming matches. We have important matches like the Copa del Rey final and the semifinal of the Champions League.”

The Brazilian prodigy spoke about his teammate and compatriot Vinicius Jr and his tendency to get on the referee’s nerves. Rodrygo extended his support for the left-winger saying,

“Vinicius has a lot of patience. The refs are always bothering him. He’s great, he knows that he has to have more patience but we can’t always take the blame from referees either. We see everything they do, it’s complicated to always be patient. I understand Vini.”

Talking about tomorrow’s Copa del Rey final against Osasuna, he said: “Osasuna are a very good team. We know it will be difficult, but for Real Madrid, it is never just another title. Whenever we play a final we are going to fight because we want to win. Many of us here are missing the Copa del Rey and we are going to try to win it.”

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‘Give everything to win’ – Real Madrid UCL hero ready for Barcelona challenge

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Andriy Lunin was Real Madrid’s main protagonist in the club’s narrow win over Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Lunin is going to be in focus once again as Real Madrid brace themselves for another important encounter against Barcelona.

Speaking ahead of this crucial tie, Lunin talked about how Real Madrid will put the title race to an end if they can secure a win over Barça.

Lunin on Barcelona – Real Madrid clash

“It is clear that Clásico is a very important match. We are all clear that winning this Sunday can almost solve the League,” Lunin told TVE (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

“We have prepared ourselves in the best possible way to take three points, which are very important.”

Real Madrid are indeed heading into this game with a solid eight-point lead over Barcelona in the league table.

A win this evening could help them extend that gap to 11 points, effectively ruling Barça out of the title race.

Lunin is focused ahead of the Barcelona tie (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid have attained an excellent record against Barcelona of late. Lunin, though, believes past encounters do not matter in a Clasico.

“In a match between Real Madrid and Barcelona the things that have happened are forgotten and everyone is concentrating,” the Ukrainian added.

Lunin went on to talk about Real Madrid’s gruelling schedule, with the Spanish giants coming on the back of a 120-minute encounter against Man City.

“It is true that last stretch of the season is very demanding. The team played 120 minutes in Manchester, it was good to suffer and overcome difficulties. Now we have Barça at home, with our people and we have no choice but to give everything to win,” he said.

Lunin also talked about his watered-down celebration following his penalty heroics against Man City, adding, “I am a quiet and rather shy person, but within me, I had tremendous joy. I already said after the game that I was the happiest person in the world.”

Finally, the goalkeeper was asked about his future at Real Madrid, with his current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expiring in 2025.

“Real Madrid has been a dream since I was little, but now it is time for the most important games of the season and we have to be focused because we have to get the best result from what we have left. Then we will talk about the papers (contract) and other things,” he concluded.

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