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Champions League: RB Leipzig midfielder Eljif Elmas fires warning shot at Real Madrid ahead of CL clash

RB Leipzig, Real Madrid’s opponent in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, is determined to give their all against the La Liga giants, as indicated by recent comments from the Bundesliga side’s midfielder, Eljif Elmas.

After a long gap, Champions League football is back again with the 1st leg of the tournament’s Round of 16 matches set to begin on Wednesday, February 14, 2024. The anticipation surrounding the top-flight competition is heightened further as record-winner Real Madrid and defending champion Manchester City both take the field on the very first day of the new round.

Los Blancos have had a successful 2023-2024 season so far, reflected in their performance in the ongoing UCL season. Real Madrid finished at the top of their group table after winning all 6 games. However, tensions will be higher as they enter the knockout stages of the competition, starting with a young and confident Leipzig.

On the other hand, the German club has crafted an impressive season for themselves. In a group featuring Manchester City and a tricky Young Boys side, Marco Rose’s club secured qualification for the knockouts as the second-placed team by winning 4 out of their 6 games.

CONFIDENT ELMAS

Surprisingly, Leipzig’s confidence against such a strong Madrid side appears higher than expected, with Leipzig’s Eljif Elmas vowing to give Carlo Ancelotti’s men a tough battle.

“Real Madrid won’t have five minutes of peace,” Elmas told MARCA.

However, the Real Madrid boss is not following the same tone as that of Elmas as he is not willing to take the young side lightly and focus on building an advantage before their home leg.

“The Champions League is back and it’s a competition we really like and we’re playing against a strong, quality team who play high-intensity football. We have to put on a complete performance, especially defensively, and offensively, where we have the quality,” Ancelotti said in the pre-match press conference.

Madrid have already been dealt with a considerable blow after their star midfielder Bellingham was set to miss out on the Wednesday clash due to an injury he picked up against La Liga competitors Girona, giving only a small relief to Leipzig that they might hope to bank on.

As for the other match of the day, City will face Danish club Copenhagen, the biggest surprise of the competition for securing second-place qualification ahead of Manchester United and Galatasaray.

Published By:

Debodinna Chakraborty

Published On:

Feb 13, 2024



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