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Valverde speaks ahead of Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Super Cup semi-finals: “I would foul Morata again if I have to”

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The fixtures continue to come hard and fast for Real Madrid as they shift their attention to a third different competition in one week, ready to take on city rivals Atletico Madrid for the Spanish Super Cup semi-finals in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Los Blancos reached the final of this tournament last year, as well, but were convincingly beaten 3-1 by Barcelona. That Madrid performance did not bode well with the fans or the board, and Carlo Ancelotti will be looking to rewrite that script.

Ahead of the game, though, Federico Valverde spoke to the media as part of his pre-game press conference.

“We are excited. This is a new possible trophy for us. We cannot wit. We are happy to play the Supercopa,” Valverde said, as quoted by MARCA.

He was also asked to comment on their Copa del Rey round of 16 draw against none other than Atletico Madrid, which means the two sides will take on each other thrice in the next month across three different competitions.

“This is very cool, playing these games. We are here to play against the best teams. These games will be good, very important. We will see if we can compete for all the titles this year.”

The Uruguayan also recalled memories of the 2020 Supercopa final in Jeddah, as he picked up a red card in the 115th minute for a last-man foul on Alvaro Morata, who had a clear run at goal.

Madrid eventually went on to win the final on penalties, and Valverde was hailed as one of the heroes of the final despite getting sent off.

“I remember that tournament. My first Supercopa. It was very good. We won the trophy, and it was special,” he said about it.

“I would do it again if I have to, of course. You have to use your brain, obviously, if the team needs help. I would do it again, surely. Whatever to help the team.”

Valverde has played a much different role for Madrid this season as compared to the last couple, where he was used in an attacking capacity much more often, even as a right winger.

“I have played this role all my life. Also with Uruguay. I help the team wherever the manager puts me. This is my best position, where I give my best. I defend, I attack, I really enjoy it,” he explained his new, more combative box-to-box role.

“If this is my best moment? Yes, it could be. I am playing in my favourite position. I am very happy. I am always playing,” he concluded.

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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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