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Ivan Rakitic blames referee for Sevilla defeat: ‘Camavinga should have been sent off’

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Carlo Ancelotti has had few options on midfield apart from the usual trio of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, and Casemiro this season. However, one youngster whom he has trusted is Eduardo Camavinga.

The young French star received a start against Sevilla last night, and made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Half an hour into the game, Camavinga went into the referee’s book for a late challenge on Jesus Corona. Despite being on a yellow card, he did not slow down.

The youngster jumped into a rash challenge on Anthony Martial in the 38th minute. He dived towards the Englishman from the back, catching his ankle leading to a horrific clash.

Sevilla erupted in unison asking for a second yellow to cut short Camavinga’s stay. However, the referee decided that it was not enough to warrant a red card and booked Martial instead.

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Ivan Rakitic spoke to the media in the post-match press conference (h/t DAZN) and said he felt that Camavinga should have received his marching orders. He also gave his verdict about Vinicius Jr’s 78th-minute goal that was ruled out for ball handling.

“Camavinga should’ve been sent off and the goal Vinicius scored was a clear handball. I don’t know why there were so many protests.”

Camavinga played 45 minutes at the Ramon Sanchez Pijzuan before being replaced by Rodrygo. He had 40 touches, completed 90% of his passes, and completed two recoveries on the night.

Nevertheless, it is safe to say that Ancelotti’s decision to bring on Rodrygo was the right one as the Brazilian was instrumental in Los Blancos’ comeback.

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Three talking points ahead of Real Madrid vs Valencia

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For all the institutional and sporting catastrophes Valencia suffer from, they put up a resilient show against Real Madrid last month and held them to a draw in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup.

Having fired Gennaro Gattuso less than 48 hours ago, Los Che will be under the command of an interim coach at Santiago Bernabeu in the hope of repeating their feat from Saudi Arabia.

After all, they are struggling this season with just 20 points in 18 league appearances.

Valencia may not be the top team it used to be a couple of seasons ago, but there is a fighting spirit to the squad that makes them special.

As Real Madrid looks to make amends for their dropped points against La Real, some important considerations cross the manager’s mind regarding the clash against Los Che.

Madrid Universal brings you three talking points ahead of Real Madrid vs Valencia.

1. More names at Ancelotti’s disposal

Real Madrid’s long injury list has been a thorn in Carlo Ancelotti’s feet for a long time now. While the manager has had close to five players unavailable through fitness concerns, two names were considered irreplaceable.

Daniel Carvajal is the first on that list. The Spanish International’s presence gave the club hope after Lucas Vazquez’s injury last month, but almost as if planned, the 30-year-old immediately suffered a blow in training and was forced to sit out.

For four games, Ancelotti was thus forced to field Nacho Fernandez as his right-back. The centre-back did a good job at covering out of position, however, will be pushed back to the bench on Thursday as Los Blancos celebrate the return of Carvajal.

The defender is not the only one making his way back, as Aurelien Tchouameni also received the medical all-clear earlier this week.

The French pivot hobbled off an hour into Real Madrid’s league clash against Villarreal in the first week of January and has been sidelined for close to a month.

His absence pushed his coach to try numerous permutations in midfield, but it was finally Eduardo Camavinga who stamped his authority on the position.

With Tchouameni back roaring, his place in the starting lineup seems to be written in stone. One can expect the Frenchman to be deployed alongside Toni Kroos and Dani Ceballos for his return to action on Thursday.

2. Concern shifts from right to left-back

The Merengues will finally have a natural right-back available to play against Valencia midweek. However, that does not signal the end of the Italian tactician’s trouble-riddles period.

Just when one full-back position returned to a state of normalcy, Real Madrid now have a crisis at left-back.

Ferland Mendy picked up a thigh injury earlier this week and will miss the team’s next two months of action at least. To say that this is a big blow to the club’s plans would be an understatement, for Mendy was the only natural left-back available in the squad.

David Alaba would appear to be the best-placed alternative, but the Austrian is ruled out through injury himself. Placed at a lack of options, Ancelotti confirmed in his press conference earlier today that Eduardo Camavinga would play there against Valencia.

The youngster has played in the defensive position earlier but will face the heat going up against Jose Luis Gaya at Santiago Bernabeu.

Given that Valencia’s right flank put up a memorable display when the two teams met last month, one can be certain that Camavinga’s performance can make or break Real Madrid’s night.

3. No margin for error

Less than halfway through the league season, Los Blancos already find themselves five points behind Barcelona. The wide gap is not a consequence of the defending champions’ poor form but the sheer consistency of Xavi Hernandez’s men, who cannot stop winning.

Having won the Supercopa de Espana last month, the Catalans are currently riding high on confidence. With their season heading from strength to strength, Real Madrid must hold on and wait for the right opportunity to topple the tables.

The Galacticos‘ draw against Real Sociedad added two points to the gap between the top two sides last week. At this stage, Ancelotti’s men cannot afford any further slip-ups for a larger gap would be too much for the men in white to compensate.

Every game henceforth will be a final for Real Madrid in La Liga. Three points are the bare minimum the club can walk away with from any fixture, and that mission will start from their game against Valencia.

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