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Ancelotti talks Modric, Vinicius, Rodrygo, Hazard following Real Madrid 2-1 Real Betis

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Real Madrid were made to work hard for their win against Real Betis on Saturday. The clash was much anticipated, given that it featured the first and second-placed teams facing off.

Los Blancos got the early lead via a Vinicius Jr stunner but were pegged back when Sergio Canales blasted the ball past Thibaut Courtois in the seventeenth minute.

Eventually, the hosts regained their lead through a smart play by Rodrygo that saw him win the ball in a dangerous area before he calmly tucked it past Rui Silva.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke to the press after his side’s fourth consecutive win and covered topics ranging from the goalscorers to the bench-warmers. Here are the snippets from his interaction with the media.

On the result against Los Verdiblancos: “We’ve started well and played difficult matches. We deserved to win.”

On Hazard and Asensio not seeing minutes: “It’s hard to answer this, I know I can count on him and Asensio but I don’t know how many minutes they will play.”

On Luka Modric: “Modrić continued at the highest level with consistency.”

On failing to maintain a clean sheet: “We’ve taken into account the goal we conceded today and that it shouldn’t be repeated. We have to improve in these situations.”

On the difference-makers on the night: “Vinicius and Rodrygo played an amazing match.”

On his philosophy for the team: “The aim is to play effective, winning football. We have the quality to play in transition and score goals.”

Source: Real Madrid twitter

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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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