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Ancelotti talks Vinicius, Asensio, Rodrygo, Modric, Kroos after Mallorca 1-0 Real Madrid

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Real Madrid were dealt a major setback in the defence of their La Liga title as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to RCD Mallorca at Son Moix today.

Coming into the game with a five-point gap to leaders Barcelona, Carlo Ancelotti’s men had a great chance to cut down that lead and put pressure on their rivals. Instead, Los Blancos put in a listless display and fell to a shock loss to Javier Aguirre’s men.

Mallorca took the lead through a Nacho Fernandez own goal in the 13th minute and managed to hold on to that advantage. Marco Asensio could have brought Real Madrid back in the game, but missed his penalty at the hour mark.

The game had an edge to it due to Antonio Raillo’s recent comments against Vinicius Jr leading up to the match. And tempers flared throughout the game, with the Brazilian being targeted by opposition defenders and fans.

Speaking after the match, manager Ancelotti addressed the same as well as his decision to put Asensio in charge of penalties ahead of Rodrygo in Karim Benzema’s absence.

On Vinicius Jr: “Everything that is happening is not Vinicius’s fault, he just wants to play football. You have to change your focus and look at what happened against him in today’s game.”

On the game: “Tough. It was the match we were expecting. A very tough match, difficult… We didn’t have the luck to handle it, because they scored against us very early and then it was very difficult. A lot of fouls, and the match stopped many times. We deserved to draw, we missed the penalty, we had chances in very tight spaces…”

On benching Kroos and Modric for Valverde and Ceballos: “Because they were good. Kroos came out of the last game a little bit injured, Luka [Modric] too. I’ve done a bit of rotation.”

On whether the La Liga title race is over: “It’s a defeat that hurts a lot in this sense, but it was the game we expected. We prepared for a tough, difficult match, with a lot of fouls and interruptions. The small details determined the match. The early goal and the missed penalty really affected us.

“The match wasn’t bad, in my opinion, but it was an atypical match, with a lot of interruptions. Now we have to think about the Club World Cup, where we are very excited.”

On whether he considered starting Kroos, Modric with Benzema’s absent: “Kroos was out injured after the Valencia game, it was better to avoid problems. Luka had played a game less than 72 hours ago and I didn’t want to risk him. The team played a good game in terms of energy, especially in the first half.”

On Courtois’ condition: “Courtois had a problem with a knock in the warm-up and that’s why we changed him.”

On whether the UCL is more important now: “What is more important is every game we have to play. Now we have to play the Club World Cup, which we want to win, and then we’ll fight for the league until the end. It’s not over yet, there are still a lot of games to go. What happened to us today can happen in every game.”

On the number of fouls Mallorca made: “I have to study the fouls a bit. Today the referee forgot about the repetition of fouls. It’s a yellow card when the foul is repeated, repeated, repeated and repeated again, because we came out of the first half with two cards and Mallorca with zero.”

On why Asensio took the penalty: “I chose him. The first one is Benzema, then Modric and then it can be someone else: Kroos, Asensio, Rodrygo… I choose the penalty taker.”

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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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