Real Madrid are set to lock horns with RB Leipzig later tonight on the second matchday of the UEFA Champions League.
The European champions had secured a 3-0 win in their opening fixture against Celtic in the UCL and are looking to maintain their momentum, as they host the German giants at the Santiago Bernabeu.
One of Leipzig’s main protagonists heading into this contest is Timo Werner, who is hoping to prove himself after his disastrous spell at Chelsea.
Speaking ahead of the clash (h/t La Razon), Werner heaped praise on Real Madrid’s quality as a team and picked them as one of the favourites to win the competition. He also spoke about Santiago Bernabeu, deeming it one of the most impressive stadiums in Europe.
“The Santiago Bernabeu is one of the most impressive stadiums in Europe. There is a special atmosphere there. That atmosphere pushes you as a player, no matter if you play for Real Madrid or against,” said Werner, who has scored four times since returning to Leipzig earlier this summer.
When asked about the most dangerous player at Real Madrid, Werner added: “Which Madrid player isn’t dangerous? There are many players who can make the difference in a match.”
The German international went on to speak about the quality of the Real Madrid squad, labelling them as the favourites to lift the Champions League once again come the end of the season.
“There are a few teams who are the favourites for the Champions League and Real Madrid are one of them. Their success in recent years has been impressive,” he added.
Werner, though, is more than prepared to make life difficult for the Real Madrid defenders as he looks to spearhead the Leipzig attack this evening, alongside the likes of Dominik Szoboszlai, Andre Silva and Christopher Nkunku.
Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano
Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.
The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.
But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.
The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.
As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.
But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.
Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.
The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.
So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.
All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.
Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.