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Five key Real Madrid stars likely to be rested against Cacereno – report

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According to Spanish publication AS, the likes of Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and David Alaba will not play against Cacereno in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey on Tuesday, January 3.

Real Madrid are set to open their Copa del Rey 2022-23 account with an away game against Cacereno, a team that plays in the fourth division of the Spanish football league system. Interestingly enough, Cacereno’s home ground, Estadio Principe Felipe, has a capacity of just 7000 spectators.

As far as Real Madrid’s team news is concerned, manager Carlo Ancelotti is expected to make many changes to the first team, with several second-string players anticipated to get the nod.

AS’s claim regarding the unavailability of the aforementioned players comes after the team attended the training session at the Valdebebas ahead of the fixture. The players attended the session in front of more than 5000 fans and Ancelotti divided his men into two teams.

The team wearing the bibs consisted of Lunin; Vazquez, Militao, Nacho, Odriozola; Ceballos, Tchouameni, Camavinga; Asensio, Rodrygo and Hazard. The likes of Lopez; Vallejo, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Modric; Arribas, Benzema, and Vinicius were in the other team.

After the game, which lasted 20 minutes, the players attended a shooting session where Benzema, Vinicius, Modric, Kroos, and Alaba were absent, leading to the speculation that these names will not play against Cacereno on Tuesday.

Furthermore, while these names will miss out as part of the tactical approach, Thibaut Courtois, Dani Carvajal, and Mariano Diaz might miss out due to their respective injuries.

Courtois and Carvajal worked indoors but did not participate in the subsequent training. Mariano Diaz, on the other hand, is suffering from a mild sprain in his right ankle.

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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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