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Valverde, Rodrygo, Lunin reflect on Elche 0-3 Real Madrid: “Have to win all games”



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Real Madrid consolidated their place at the top of the La Liga table as they defeated Elche 3-0 away from home on Wednesday night.

Goals from Federico Valverde, Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio sealed the deal for Carlo Ancelotti’s men, sending them six points clear of rivals Barcelona, who will be in action against Villarreal later tonight.

It was an important win for Los Blancos, coming on the back of an impressive 3-1 victory over Barça in El Clasico. And Valverde, who continued his excellent goal-scoring streak, was elated after the match.

Talking about the performance of the team and the ten-goal challenge that Ancelotti has set for him this season, the Uruguayan said: “Happy for the team. He (Ancelotti) already said it, he had to pass the ten goals. I am focused to do it. It’s a nice pressure. I don’t want to be blamed for the coach retiring.”

During the game, Real Madrid had as many as three goals chalked off by VAR for offside. Speaking about that, the midfielder added: “You have to get used to it. It’s weird, you celebrate the goal and you think you’re comfortable. They cancel one, then another and then another… It’s like that.”

On the importance of the win after El Clasico, he said: “It’s hard, after winning an important game it’s hard. If we want to win all the titles, we have to win all the games.”

When asked if he can win the bet with Ancelotti and score ten goals, Valverde replied: “Let’s see if I can get it.”

Rodrygo Goes, who has been another standout performer for Real Madrid this season, also expressed his joy at the result, saying: “Whenever I speak, it’s that I’ve had a great match. I am very happy about the victory and the two assists.”

Talking about his position on the pitch, the Brazilian said: “I don’t even know what position. The coach always asks me to move a lot. I started on the wing, but I like to play in the middle. Moving is how I feel better.”

On the disallowed goals, Rodrygo added: “It was a bit of a weird game. After Karim’s goal, we were kidding, saying ‘I’m sure they’ll cancel it’.”

Giving his opinion on the challenge that Ancelotti has set for Valverde, the forward said: “I don’t want bets. The more goals and the more assists, the better.”

Andriy Lunin had a good game in goal for Real Madrid, as he made some important saves to keep Elche out. The Ukrainian has had to bide his time to get a run in the side and insisted that he is happy at the club.

“I am at the best club in the world, the best place. My family and I are very happy here. I enjoy every day. I work daily with the best, the training is of a high level,” he said.

On securing a clean sheet against Elche, Lunin added: “The clean sheet is important for the whole team, it gives us peace of mind and security. Upfront, with the players we have, we always do damage. The defensive phase was important. We played a good game.”

Source: Diario AS

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Euro 2024: Rating every Real Madrid player’s performance at the tournament



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The UEFA Euro 2024 came to an end last night with Spain being crowned the champions of Europe thanks to a 2-1 victory over England in Berlin.

Considering how well La Roja played throughout the tournament and their performance in the finals on Sunday night, they were the deserved winners of the trophy.

With Spain lifting the trophy, Real Madrid veteran defender Dani Carvajal added another title to his already successful campaign finishing 2023/24 as a La Liga, Champions League, and EURO winner.

Nacho and Joselu, who were still contracted with Real Madrid when the Euro started, joined Carvajal on that list while Jude Bellingham finished on the losing side.

Real Madrid had a total of 13 players representing them at the Euros in Germany and not all managed to make a solid impression. Here are how the Merengues’ stars fared at the European Championships.


Dani Carvajal: 8/10

The Spanish right-back was one of the stars of the show at the Euros, playing an integral role in La Roja’s success. Carvajal kicked off his first Euro with a goal in the opening game against Croatia and continued to be a reliable player for Spain both in defence and attack.

Carvajal forged a strong partnership with Barcelona’s Lamine Yamal on the right flank and even played a key role in the team’s opening goal against England in the final.

Nacho: 6/10

Technically no longer a Real Madrid player, Nacho was still contracted with the club when the Euros kicked off. Starting in the opener against Croatia, he helped Spain to a clean sheet against Croatia.

The veteran defender also put in solid shifts in the quarter-final and semi-final ties against Germany and France, respectively and helped see out the game against England last night.

Joselu: N/A

Behind the likes of Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal in the pecking order, Joselu, who left Real Madrid at the end of June, played just 90 minutes across two games.


Jude Bellingham: 6.5/10

Failed to deliver. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Having enjoyed a dream season with Real Madrid, Jude Bellingham was unable to replicate those performances for England.

While he did score two crucial goals, including a stunning bicycle kick to keep his team alive against Slovakia, and assisted Cole Palmer’s strike in the finals, his overall display left a lot to be desired.


Kylian Mbappe: 6/10

Real Madrid’s newest acquisition, all eyes were on Mbappe heading into the Euros. And even though France made it as far as the semi-finals, the 25-year-old failed to live up to the expectations with a nose injury impacting his displays.

Mbappe finished the tournament with a solitary goal and two assists, but as he admitted after the defeat to Spain, his Euro will go down as a failure.

Aurelien Tchouameni: 6/10

Making a return from injury during the tournament, the Real Madrid midfielder was a solid presence in the centre of the park for France alongside N’Golo Kante without really standing out a great deal.

The 24-year-old provided strength and stability in midfield for Les Bleus and even tried to get upfield in matches. But his shooting from distance was way off the mark.

Not up to the mark. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Eduardo Camavinga: 5/10

Starting just one of France’s six games and featuring as a substitute in three more, Eduardo Camavinga was not a major presence for Didier Deschamps’ side at the Euros which came as a surprise.

The Real Madrid starlet did show glimpses of quality when he did get a chance but not enough for him to make an impact.

Ferland Mendy: N/A

Having made a return to the France setup for the first time since 2022, Mendy did not play a single minute at the Euros, with former Real Madrid left-back, Theo Hernandez being preferred by the manager.


Antonio Rudiger: 7/10

Carrying on from where he left off for Real Madrid, Rudiger was a solid presence at the heart of the German defence at the Euros in his homeland.

Came up against some tricky forwards throughout the hosts’ quarterfinal run but did well to hold his own, but was guilty of losing Mikel Merino for Spain’s goal that eliminated Germany.

Toni Kroos: 6.5/10

It was not a fairytale ending for Kroos, who waved goodbye to his international career with a forgettable display against Spain during which he could have been easily sent off for the array of fouls he committed.

Prior to that, however, Kroos was instrumental for Germany in their run until the quarterfinals, stringing play together from the centre of the park.


Arda Guler: 7/10

Arda Guler made a good impression at the Euros. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

One of the breakout stars of the Euros, Arda Guler showcased his talent and potential, helping Turkey to the quarterfinals of the tournament.

The 19-year-old started off with a wonder-goal against Georgia and also added two assists to his tally in his first major tournament, following in the footsteps of greats like Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. A bright future awaits.


Luka Modric: 6/10

Unlike recent years, Luka Modric’s Croatia were unable to get past the group stages, with the veteran midfielder finishing the tournament with a goal from under 240 minutes.


Andriy Lunin: 2/10

Started the tournament as Ukraine’s No. 1 against Romania but made costly errors that saw him lose his place in the starting XI. Did not feature again after the opener as his team crashed out of the group stages.

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