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Ancelotti believes it will be hard to bench Real Madrid forward after display vs Cacereno

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Real Madrid booked a place in the Round of 16 of the 2022/23 Copa del Rey when they defeated RFEF Second Division side CP Cacereno 1-0 on Tuesday night.

It was far from a convincing display from the reigning champions of Spain and Europe. But, they ultimately prevailed thanks to a second-half golazo from Rodrygo Goes.

It was yet another important goal that the young forward has scored for the team and according to AS (h/t Madrid Zone), manager Carlo Ancelotti believes that it will be very hard to bench the Brazilian international after his most recent display.

Rodrygo came up with clutch goals for Real Madrid throughout the last season, playing a crucial role in their La Liga and UEFA Champions League triumphs.

However, despite his contributions, Rodrygo continues to be used largely as a rotation option. Karim Benzema’s injury problems have meant that he has seen regular game-time, but when everyone is fit Ancelotti has preferred the frontline of Benzema, Vinicius Junior, and Federico Valverde.

So far this season, the 21-year-old has plundered eight goals and five assists across all competitions from 21 games. Those are impressive numbers from the youngster, who continues to push for a greater role in Ancelotti’s plans.

Rodrygo joined Real Madrid from Santos in the summer of 2019. Having had to bide his time, the Brazilian has started to deliver on his immense potential. It is clear that the Merengues have a gem on their hands and it is up to Ancelotti to figure out how he can utilise his talents regularly.

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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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