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Barcelona attacker defends Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr over dancing celebrations



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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.

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Key Real Madrid star will be fit for Valladolid clash despite national team withdrawal



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Real Madrid have been greeted with some positive news on the injury front as goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is expected to be fit and ready for the upcoming La Liga clash against Real Valladolid.

The 30-year-old custodian had flown away for national team duty with Belgium and played the full game against Sweden last week. However, the Real Madrid ace was sent back to the club over the weekend due to a minor adductor strain.

This raised concerns over the former Chelsea star’s condition, especially with a busy period lying ahead for the Merengues.

However, Mario Cortegana of The Athletic has eased any nerves surrounding his situation, reporting that Courtois was subjected to tests upon returning to Spain and there is no reason for worry.

The report states that Real Madrid expect their No. 1 to be fit and available for their next game which will be against Real Valladolid in La Liga on April 2, Sunday.

It is further stated that the knock Courtois sustained was not a new one and that the 30-year-old had felt discomfort in the same area during Los Blancos’ UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second-leg tie against Liverpool at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this month.

Courtois has featured 32 times across all competitions this term, having missed a few matches due to fitness issues. He has managed just ten clean sheets and will be hoping to add to that against Valladolid, now that is reportedly fit to feature at the weekend.

In another boost, reports earlier today indicated that Toni Kroos does not have any injury after concerns were raised due to the midfielder doing individual training sessions over the past week.

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