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Rudiger, Garcia react after Real Madrid 1-0 Mallorca: “These victories make a difference”

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Real Madrid were in control for the better part of the game against Mallorca last night. With 67% ball possession, 17 shots and two big chances, the game was theirs to lose at one point.

Yet, a draw appeared the most likely result for the greater part of the game given Real Madrid’s struggle in front of goal. The Merengues hardly capitalised on their xG of 1.71 on the night, and in the end, required an Antonio Rudiger header to pull through.

Speaking to the media after his heroic match-winning goal, Antonio Rudiger highlighted the challenges Mallorca posed to the hosts on the night and how he overcame them to score the differential goal.

“It was not easy to find gaps so it makes me very happy to score this goal. We had trained it. Carvajal makes a good screen. Modrić’s ball was very good, I measured my move well and it was a good header.”

“It’s been a difficult game. We expected it like this. We knew that Mallorca would they would stop the game and defend with many men behind,” he added in praise of the opposition.

The German star was then asked to comment on his current run of great form. He modestly attributed the major part of it to the collective effort, saying,

“I feel very good, working hard. We defend very well as a team. That makes my job easier. I want to play more by finding myself like this. There is a good atmosphere in the locker room.”

Finally, Rudiger spoke on Real Madrid’s position halfway through the campaign as joint leaders in La Liga.

“The first half has been very good, but we can’t stop now. We have to keep working because today Mallorca has had many opportunities.”

Fran Garcia happy with win

Fran Garcia happy with performance vs Mallorca. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

Fran Garcia was the next player to face the press after the full-time whistle. The starting left-back spoke to the media through the game and the importance of the win in the bigger picture.

“It was a complicated match and it has been important to return to the competition with a victory in front of our audience. We know that these victories make a difference in the league.”

Garcia went on to praise his teammates for their ability to stick together through thick and thin and grind out points even in the most adverse of situations.

“The team has worked until the end and we stayed all three points at home against a rocky rival. The daily work is seen every weekend and we have to continue like this because I’m sure that beautiful things will arrive.”

In praise of Rudiger, the goal-scorer on the night, the Spanish full-back said: “He is an incredible person and I am very happy for him, for the three points, and for being leaders.”

Finally, the left-back also weighed in on the topic of Real Madrid’s situation after 19 Matchdays in La Liga and what the future held for them.

“It’s good. We only have one defeat and we have to see it with good eyes at the height of the championship we are at. We have to continue working every day.”

Source: Real Madrid website

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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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