Barcelona forward Raphinha has defended his Brazil teammate and Real Madrid frontman Vinicius Jr by saying that the latter’s goal celebrations are not provocative. Rather, it is something all Brazilians love to do.
Vinicius has sparked controversies several times in the past by dancing off in a celebratory way after scoring a goal. While the debate is that it is sometimes exasperating, the player, himself, has defended his style in that regard.
However, when asked about his opinion on that, Raphinha, who joined Barcelona in July 2022 for a fee that could rise up to €65 million, said that he likes his compatriot’s celebration, adding that when Ronaldinho and Antoine Griezmann did it, nobody talked about it.
“Yes, I like that Vinicius dances,” he told SER (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
“I like that all Brazilians dance. I also like to dance but I don’t dance as well as Vinicius. Ronaldinho or Griezmann also danced and we don’t talk about them, we always dance,” he added.
Raphinha came with a reputation for being a tricky winger, and while he did get his fair share of chances early on, a return of a solitary goal and two assists has cost him his starting role, as the 25-year-old has only been named in the starting XI in one of his last five outings.
Speaking about it, he admitted that he is hurt by the outcome. “On an individual level, it is a bit hard. Being a striker, I like to score and assist and I only have one goal. It hurts a bit, scoring just one goal is complicated. But my teammates are helping me and I work hard so that the adaptation is as fast as possible.”
On the contrary, Vinicius is enjoying a great run of form under Carlo Ancelotti, having racked up ten goals and five assists already in competitions this season. Interestingly enough, three of those ten goals have come in his last three matches.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.