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Carlo Ancelotti talks Manchester City, Mbappe, Florentino Perez

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As we enter the final phase of the 2021/22 season, the penultimate stage of the UEFA Champions League will kick off next week.

Real Madrid, who had to overcome Chelsea in a gruelling quarter-final match-up, have been drawn against Premier League champions Manchester City in the semi-finals.

Los Blancos have had tough draws in each of the stages of the competition this term, having had to overcome PSG and Chelsea in the previous two rounds. And the challenge against Pep Guardiola’s team will be huge for Carlo Ancelotti & co.

The Italian tactician addressed that in an interview recently, insisting that Real Madrid have the quality to go all the way in the competition by overcoming the Cityzens.

“Real Madrid has history, tradition and quality to compete until the end. Now we have a tough challenge against City,” he said.

Ancelotti also commented on the removal of the away-goal rule from the European competitions this season, insisting that the change added to the excitement of the contest.

“The new rule of goals away from home, which are no longer worth twice as much, makes these challenges more balanced and exciting,” the Real Madrid manager added.

The manager was also inevitably quizzed about the future of Kylian Mbappe, who has heavily been linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer.

Ancelotti did not address the question head-on, but praised president Florentino Perez, insisting that the club will have a bright future thanks to the supremo.

“Kylian Mbappé future? The future of Madrid, thanks to Florentino, will be of a high level beyond the players who come. The club will have a new stadium and will continue to make history there,” Ancelotti replied.

Finally, talking about how he was enjoying his second stint as the manager of Real Madrid, he said: “I can say that I’m a lucky coach. I’m training a team I feel very identified with and a team that gives me great satisfaction. I’m the one who has to thank Real Madrid for giving me the opportunity to train this team again.”

Source: Rai Radio 1

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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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