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Valverde, Rudiger react after Real Madrid 4-1 Barcelona: “This is not a team, it’s a big family”



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It was paradise for Real Madrid on Sunday night as they dispatched the ball four times past Barcelona’s helpless Inaki Pena to win the Spanish Super Cup. The performance had dominance written all over it, for there was no period during the game when Real Madrid appeared to be on the back foot.

In the end, the men in white had Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo Goes on the scoreboard while Barcelona had just one goal to show. The result could not be more deserving or dominant.

Speaking to the media after lifting the trophy, Federico Valverde did not hold back in expressing his happiness over the win over Barcelona and the manner in which it played out.

“This title gives us tremendous enthusiasm. We are proud of the work and effort of the players and all those behind them. We are very happy to get another title.”

He also elaborated on the instructions given to him by Carlo Ancelotti to dominate Barcelona’s midfield which helped them break down the opposition defence with ease.

“What the coach told us was to mark their midfielders, with Gündogan, De Jong, Pedri and Sergi Roberto, and leave the defenders free. We did very well, we stole a lot of balls and attacked in the back. The coach asked us to look for long balls. We were together when it came to defending and we were quick to attack.”

Speaking about how the team does not have time to celebrate the victory with the clash against Atletico Madrid just around the corner, the Uruguayan international said,

“You have to enjoy every moment and be able to value these titles. We have won the Super Cup against the best rivals in Spain. There are still many competitions and we have a very important match against Atlético.”

Finally, he gave his two cents on the tough challenge that lay ahead and the team’s preparation for the same.

“When I enter the locker room, everyone will be talking about Atlético. I wish time could stop right now and that my family and all the fans of Spain could be there to enjoy these moments.”

Rudiger elated after win

Antonio Rudiger also spoke to the media, and he echoed his teammates’ happiness over winning the title.

“I am very happy because it is my first Spanish Super Cup. I’m very happy, like everyone on the team.”

“The first minutes of the team have been very good. It’s been two direct goals, but I think we needed more goals,” he added on the team’s dominance in the opening spell.

Finally, the defender expressed his pride over being a part of the Galacticos’ core setup and the spirit in the dressing room that helped them rise to the top.

“I’m a little crazy but always positive, this is very important. I am very happy to be here. For me, this is not a team, it’s a big family.”

Source: Real Madrid website

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final



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It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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