Speaking to Movistar+, Atletico Madrid captain Koke has issued a warning to Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr ahead of the derby later this week.
Vinicius has made a blistering start to the season and has taken over the mantle of Real Madrid’s main man in attack in the injury-enforced absence of Karim Benzema.
However, he has been attracting criticism from some sections due to his occasional showboating and the dancing celebrations he brings out when he scores.
In their last La Liga match against RCD Mallorca, the opposition players targeted him and kept fouling him repeatedly as they tried to get into his head.
Tempers always tend to flare in Madrid derbies and the atmosphere at the Civitas Metropolitano will be hostile as Real Madrid look to extend their 100% record this season.
And, Koke was quizzed about how he thinks Atletico Madrid supporters would react if Vinicius brought out his dancing celebrations should he score on the day.
In response, the Rojiblancos skipper admitted that everyone has their own way of celebrating, but there could be problems if Vinicius dances in front of the away supporters.
“Everyone has their way of being and celebrates the goals as they want. But there will be trouble, for sure,” Koke said.
Real Madrid have won all of their fixtures across all competitions this season and are currently seated at the top of the La Liga table. Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid have made a mixed start to the campaign and will be targeting the derby to turn their fortunes around.
Inter Milan star claims he is the best playmaker in the world, ahead of Real Madrid superstar
Hakan Calhanoglu raised many eyebrows in the summer of 2021 when he left AC Milan to join arch-rivals Inter Milan on a free transfer.
It was a move that surprised many, but more than two and a half years later, Calhanoglu’s acquisition has turned out to be a masterstroke from Inter Milan’s end.
During his time at Inter, the former HSV starlet has featured in 125 competitive matches, racking up 23 goals and 24 assists. He has eclipsed his AC Milan numbers, which is quite a feat to achieve.
Calhanoglu hails himself as the best playmaker
Hakan Calhanoglu’s performances have been particularly impressive in the ongoing campaign. The midfielder has been involved in 14 goals this term, including 11 goals.
In light of his performances, Calhanoglu has raised eyebrows by hailing himself as the best playmaker in the world, in a recent interview.
“I’m the best playmaker right now,” Calhanoglu said, shortly after Inter Milan’s narrow 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.
Calhanoglu ranks Toni Kroos as the ‘next best’ after him and Rodri
The Turkish international went on to name a few more players who he thinks are the best playmakers after him.
Calhanoglu notably mentioned Real Madrid superstar Toni Kroos, stating (h/t DAZN), “After me Rodri, then Toni Kroos, Kimmich and Enzo Fernández.”
The Turk’s decision to add Kroos to his list is highly surprising as the German maestro has been quite important to the Real Madrid team this season.
Even at the of 34, Kroos has remained an integral part of the Real Madrid midfield. His experience and leadership have been crucial in guiding an otherwise young midfield unit.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for another veteran Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.
The Croat is reportedly unhappy with his current role in the first team and is likely to leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.