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Ancelotti confirms Real Madrid superstar picked up a knock vs Almeria: “Hit to his knee”



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Speaking after Real Madrid’s 4-2 win over UD Almeria at the Santiago Bernabeu, manager Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that superstar winger Vinicius Jr picked up a knock during the game.

Vinicius enjoyed another fine game as he got an assist and won a penalty as Los Blancos cruised to an impressive win riding on Karim Benzema’s hat-trick and a Rodrygo strike.

However, there were a couple of concerns to emerge for the Merengues from the contest as, for starters, both Vinicius and Eduardo Camavinga will be suspended for the next La Liga game against Real Sociedad due to accumulation of cards.

On top of that, Ancelotti has now confirmed that Vinicius picked up a knock during the game, which led to him being asked to be taken off late in the game.

“Vinicius suffered a hit to his knee, but it is nothing serious. He will be ready for the Copa Del Rey final,” Ancelotti said (h/t MARCA).

It is good news for Real Madrid that the knock is not serious as they are already without Luka Modric for the Copa del Rey final against CA Osasuna on May 6.

But the Italian expects the 22-year-old to be available, especially considering that he will have enough time to recover as he will not be playing against Sociedad.

Talking about Vinicius’ yellow card for protesting a foul on him, the manager said: “The reality is that Vinicius protests, he is always fouled and protests. The reality is that he has 10 yellow cards and his opponents have had far fewer.”

On his anger after his team conceded, Ancelotti said: “It was relaxation, when it looked like the game was over we relaxed with the 3-0 and the 4-1, this is a wake-up call for us, you can’t lower the level because if you lower it you concede goals”.

The manager also spoke about the performance of midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, saying: “I think Tchouaméni is an important player because he gives us cover in front of our centre-backs.

“He’s good in the penalty area when the opponents come in and with the ball he has to improve, he’s very young and he’s learning, I’ve told him not to move so much because he has a lot of energy and sometimes he gets out of position, especially with the ball.”

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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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