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La Liga Latest (Real Madrid): Llorente on fan whistles; Antlers boss optimistic

La Liga Latest (Real Madrid): Llorente on fan whistles; Antlers boss optimistic

Marcos Llorente has blasted the club’s fans for whistling his team-mates during the 1-0 win at the weekend.

The young midfielder has been excellent of late and has made himself a regular starter under Santiago Solari, but Madrid’s form has remained unsteady – losing 3-0 to CSKA Moscow in Champions League action, midweek.

The 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano at the weekend saw Los Blancos have just four shots on target and the morning papers across Spain painted the Champions League holders as ‘boring’ and ‘predictable’.

Cue fan unhappiness and that was made clear during the game against Rayo on Saturday, but Llorente believes his fans should be encouraging and applauded the efforts of he and his team-mates this season.

“Whistles get to the players and make us weaker, all of us would rather fans applauded,” Llorente told reporters, as cited by Marca.

“When you hear your teammates being whistled it is not a nice feeling and it annoys me, because we are stronger when we are united together.

“Everyone at Real Madrid is used to winning things but it is not helpful when fans voice their displeasure like this, it is not encouragement.

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“Fans should applaud and encourage players to help us increase our chances of winning.”

A youthful Ajax await in the Champions League

Having progressed to the last-16 of the competition, Madrid will face Ajax over two legs, seeing the likes of Matthijs De Ligt and Frenkie De Jong be given a chance to showcase their talents at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Both Ajax players have been linked with Madrid in the past but seem most likely to join bitter rivals Barcelona next summer.

The first leg of the tie will take place 13th February in Netherlands, whilst the return leg is a month later.

Kashima Antlers boss ready to Madrid test

Club World Cup action takes place on Wednesday when Madrid will face Antlers at Zayed Sports Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Go Oiwa, coach of the AFC Champions League winners saw his side beat Mexican outfit Guadalajara on Saturday and believes they can beat Madrid.

“Madrid are Madrid, but we believe we can do something important,” Oiwa told reporters.

“Against Madrid we must be solid and aggressive, we already know what we can do to win here and we showed that fighting spirit against Chivas de Guadalajara.

“We can see what formula works, using the experienced players who can help the younger players and we can have a compact team. This is a massive opportunity for our club, we know we can win and we will show a fighting spirit.”