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Barcelona manager Xavi defends Vinicius Jr amidst goal celebration debate
The entire football world has been divided into two distinct groups in recent days in light of the controversy surrounding Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr’s goal celebration. While some have come out supporting the youngster, others find his dance after scoring an insult to the opponents.
Amidst the ongoing debate, Barcelona manager and legend Xavi Hernandez gave his two cents on the matter as quoted by Barça Universal. The Spanish maestro said that he didn’t see anything wrong in celebrating a goal in the fashion Vinicius does.
“Everyone celebrates goals the way they want. Let everyone do what they want as long as they don’t disrespect anyone.”
In light of the criticism around the Brazilian’s post-goal ritual, several of his compatriots have come out in his support on social media including Barcelona’s Raphinha. The new signing wrote on his Instagram: “I want to see dance. I want to see joy.”
Moreover, former Barcelona player and Brazil captain Neymar extended his support to Vinicius by saying: “Dribble, dance & be you! Happy just the way you are. Go for it my boy, next goal we dance.”
Amongst the long list of players to come out in Vinicius’ favour are Thiago Silva, Lucas Paqueta, Richarlison, Paulinho and Alvaro Morata.
Vinicius has been vital in Los Blancos’ eight-game winning streak across all competitions with his five goals and three assists this season. He is expected to start against Atletico Madrid at the weekend and will look to perform his Samba dance on the derby stage.
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Brazilian national team ‘dreaming’ of working with Ancelotti – Romano
According to Fabrizio Romano, the Brazilian national team are ‘dreaming’ of appointing Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti as their next manager.
The Selecao decided to part ways with Tite after the team underdelivered in the FIFA World Cup 2022. Ramon Menezes has taken charge of the senior team for the time being until a permanent appointment is made.
And, the Brazil Football Confederation is clear about who their preferred target is. Ancelotti has been heavily linked with the South American nation in recent months and comments from players like Ederson, Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr have only served to further fuel the rumours.
Now, Romano is claiming that Brazil dream of naming Ancelotti as their manager and are hoping that he will be parting ways with Real Madrid at the end of the season.
As far as the situation at the club is concerned, Romano states that Real Madrid are working hard to protect Ancelotti from external pressure as they want him to remain focused on winning the UEFA Champions League this season.
The Italian tactician remains in 100% control of the team at the moment and the club are trying to shield him from external factors.
However, at the same time, trophies are a must at a club of this stature and hence, Romano adds that Real Madrid have a potential list of candidates to take over.
Thomas Tuchel was among the names on the list, but has signed for Bayern Munich. Raul Gonzalez, currently in charge of the Castilla team, is also being looked at along with former Tottenham and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino.
As of now, Ancelotti remains in control of things at Real Madrid and any decision on his future will only be made at the end of the season. And, Brazil are lying in wait to pounce if an opportunity to sign the Italian manager presents itself.