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Two Real Madrid stars asked not to take penalties during shootout vs Man City

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Real Madrid added another chapter to their rich history of special moments in the UEFA Champions League as they defeated Manchester City via a penalty shootout to secure their place in the semi-finals.

In what was an intense battle at the Etihad Stadium, Real Madrid held on for over 120 minutes and then dumped out Pep Guardiola’s men via penalties to set up a date against Bayern Munich.

Luka Modric stepped up to take the first penalty and missed, after which all four Real Madrid players – Jude Bellingham, Lucas Vazquez, Nacho Fernandez, and Antonio Rudiger converted from the spot.

With Andriy Lunin saving Bernardo Silva and Mateo Kovacic’s efforts, Los Blancos got through to the semis.

Two Real Madrid stars did not want penalty duties

Following the match, it has now emerged that two Real Madrid players asked not to take penalties during the shootout win against Manchester City.

Indeed, Federico Valverde and Eder Militao asked the coaching staff to be exempted from taking a penalty during the shootout, as reported by Mundo Deportivo.

Eder Militao asked not to take a penalty. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed Militao recused himself from penalty duties as he felt that the opposition goalkeeper, Ederson, knew him very well and could guess which way he planned to kick.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid assistant manager, Davide Ancelotti, revealed that Valverde asked to be left out of the penalties as he was severely fatigued and in no position to take a spot kick.

“When there were four or five minutes left I started thinking. Jude is a shooter. Luka is a shooter. Lucas is a very good shooter. Nacho had experience and personality and in training we had seen that he was going one way…. And Antonio is a player with balls,” explained Davide.

“Federico was going to be the fifth, but he told me he was very tired, and he was really dead, so we decided that Rüdiger would take it. The decision on the shooters is up to the coaching staff,” he added.

In the end, everything worked out as intended for Real Madrid, who will now shift their focus to the upcoming La Liga clash against Barcelona on Sunday.

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‘Me and Zizou…’ – Toni Kroos teases iconic team-up for Real Madrid Legends team

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that during a recent training session, he bumped into Raul, a former striker and current Castilla manager, who confessed to him that he did not like his decision to retire from the game.

The midfielder added that he would now be interested in playing the Legends match where the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul participate. 

The veteran admitted that playing alongside these legends one day would be quite exciting.

“When I left the training yesterday, Raul was outside. He told me that he did not like the decision at first but found something positive because now I’m definitely playing this legends game with him,” said Kroos on his podcast

“He said I had to be there. Me and Zizou playing behind him, Figo on the right, and RC3 (Roberto Carlos) at the back. That could be funny,” he added.

Life after Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos would love to play with Zinedine Zidane. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

During the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after the upcoming European Championship in his home country.

As a result, Real Madrid now have to work on an alternate strategy to plan life beyond Kroos. As suggested before, the Los Blancos are of the idea that at present, there is no one in the market who can fill the void.

On the other hand, though, Dani Ceballos’ chances of staying have now increased. At the same time, there are reports that Joshua Kimmich is being monitored, but nothing seems concrete yet.

For now, Real Madrid are largely expected to rely on the current roster as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and even Jude Bellingham are more than capable of occupying Kroos’ position.

If even that does not work out, the team from the Spanish capital can look into the youth system to rope in a capable alternative.

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