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Ancelotti and Benzema speak following double swoop at UEFA awards

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The UEFA Champions League draw sees defending champions Real Madrid pitted against relatively easy opposition in Group F. Shakhtar Donetsk, RB Leipzig and Celtic are the teams that constitute Los Blancos‘ group as decided in the draw conducted in Istanbul.

As a part of the same event, UEFA also awarded its various awards for the previous season to acknowledge the individuals who excelled on various fronts. Needless to say, Real Madrid was well represented on the podium.

Karim Benzema was officially declared the UEFA Player of the Year after a spectacular season where he led his team to the UCL title almost single-handedly.

The Frenchman expressed his gratitude to the club and manager amongst others and shared his thoughts on why he had a phenomenal run last year.

“I would like to thank my teammates, my coach and the president. Without the president of Real Madrid and Ancelotti, I would not have won this award. We at Real Madrid do not know how to give up, we fight for everything until the last moment,” he said, as quoted by RM4Arab.

He had only praise for his manager Carlo Ancelotti and said it was his fortune to work under the Italian.

“Ancelotti, in my opinion, is the best coach in the world. I’m very fortunate to play under Ancelotti and I hope he stays at Real Madrid for as long as possible.”

Ancelotti, too, had an honour to his name as he picked up the UEFA Best Men’s Coach award. The Real Madrid coach conveyed his gratitude while collecting the award as follows,

“Thank you to UEFA for this award. What a night! It has been an incredible season. I want to thank Sachi, my teacher. I would like to thank the players, the clubs, the fans, my family, the staff and the president. I want to thank everyone for this award.”

Then, the coach spoke about what made his team special and separated them from other elite European sides.

“I have a crazy passion for this sport. The quality of our players has been great last season. There was a great relationship and bonding with the experienced and young players and this helped us a lot as we reached and achieved the desired goal. The fans helped us a lot and were a key factor in our success.”

Finally, Ancelotti gave his view on Karim Benzema’s imperious form last year which made him the favourite to pick up the best player award.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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