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Rudiger talks Pepe, Barcelona, Ancelotti, El Clasico on his Real Madrid presentation

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Real Madrid unveiled their new star defender on Monday as Antonio Rudiger donned the prestigious white jersey for the first time. During his presentation, the German international spoke extensively about his move to Spain.

He began his address by thanking his parents and the club, amongst others.

“I want to thank Florentino Perez and the club for giving me the chance to play here. I’ll give my everything to win many trophies. Hala Madrid!”

“At Real Madrid, the most important thing is to win and they have shown it in recent years. Being able to play for a club like this (Real Madrid) is unbelievable,” he added.

When asked what he would add to Los Blancos’ already star-studded squad, he said,

“It is normal for Real Madrid to have great players but I’m confident in myself. I will bring competitiveness.”

The Madrid-based club had been pursuing Rudiger’s signature for several months before the official announcement.

“Real Madrid’s first contacts with my agent were in September but I spoke with Ancelotti in April and then I made my choice,” Rudiger said.

A player’s influence on the team is not only on the field but also off it. Rudiger revealed that he possessed polarising personalities in both instances.

“Outside the pitch, I like to laugh and dance but on the pitch, I’m very serious.”

Pepe was Real Madrid’s standout centre-back for ten years from 2007 to 2017. Los Blancos’ new revealed named the Portuguese internal when asked who his favourite player was.

“If I had to choose a reference for defending, it would be Pepe.”

During his presentation on Monday, it was revealed that the centre-back would don the #22 on his jersey.

Rudiger explained why he did not take his #2, which he wore at Chelsea, saying, “I like number 2 but it’s Carvajal’s. But I didn’t think about it too much, I like the number 22.”

The race for the defender’s signing was between Barcelona and Real Madrid for a long time. Yet, he said that he did not even consider joining the Blaugranas at any stage.

“Barça were interested in me but I told my brother it’s Real Madrid or nothing.”

Real Madrid takes on Barcelona in pre-season this year. Rudiger shared his thoughts on an El Clasico debut and said,

“My El Clasico debut? Even though it’s pre-season, we want to win. I’m very excited.”

“14 Champions Leagues is something impressive. It teaches you what this club is all about, which is winning,” Rudiger continued on the topic of ‘winning’.

Finally, he closed the interview by saying that he knew about his transfer to Real Madrid well before the UCL final and added that he cheered for his new club.

“When the Champions League final was played I already knew I was going to join Madrid and I was cheering for them. I loved that they won.”

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown

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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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