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Video: Real Madrid dressing room feasting following Sevilla win

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It is safe to say that Real Madrid are the mentality kings when it comes to football. Even in the toughest of times, the eleven players wearing white on the field know how exactly to engineer a comeback.

Sunday night was yet another special one for Ancelotti’s side. At the end of 45 minutes, Los Blancos were 2-0 down against Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pijzuan.

Vinicius Jr. and Dani Carvajal combined on the right flank beautifully five minutes into the second period before laying a ball into Rodrygo. The Brazilian finished with venom to give his side a route back into the game.

Los Blancos eventually equalised in the 82nd minute through a well-finished goal by Nacho Fernandes. With the score poised at 2-2 and just eight minutes to go, one expected the two teams to share the spoils.

However, Karim Benzema had other plans. Two minutes into extra time, he calmly maneuvered the ball through the Sevillan defense before burying it into the netting.

Needless to say, the dressing room celebrations after the game were grand. After all, the team had pulled off an unbelievable comeback for the third time in less than a month.

Real Madrid now face Osasuna in La Liga before going up against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League.

It is going to be a tough month for the league leaders, yet one that could end with them having one foot in the UCL final.

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Key Real Madrid defender still not 100% fit ahead of Club World Cup semi-final – report

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Carlo Ancelotti heads into the FIFA Club World Cup in a pressure cooker situation. The pressure on the manager’s shoulders is immense, for his job could be on the line after Real Madrid’s poor run of form.

The injury situation does not favour the Italian tactician either. Lucas Vazquez, Ferland Mendy, Karim Benzema, Eder Militao and even Thibaut Courtois are out of the semi-final against Al Ahly, leaving him very few options to play with.

According to reports from Jorge C Picon, David Alaba too is not completely fit yet. The Austrian International was given the medical all-clear and entered the squad for Real Madrid’s game against Mallorca, yet started on the bench as he was not at 100%, and that remains the case ahead of tonight’s clash.

The report, however, adds that his mere inclusion in the squad comes as a breather for Ancelotti. Alaba is highly valued by the technical staff, not only for his reading of the game on the field but also for his leadership.

The defender has already missed seven games for Los Blancos since sustaining a muscular injury against Villarreal at La Ceramica. He did indeed come off the bench for under half an hour against Mallorca, but will likely not be risked to start on Thursday. 

In his absence, Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger are expected to take centre stage in defence in Morocco. Eduardo Camavinga, meanwhile, could start as left-back again.

Alaba has played 17 games for Los Blancos this season and was one of the players with the most minutes until his injury. In his league campaign so far, he has scored one goal and provided three assists while also averaging a key pass every ninety minutes.

It remains to be seen if the Austrian recovers completely in time for the Club World Cup final should the European Champions make it. As it stands, using a cautious approach is in Real Madrid’s best interest.

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