While it’s one thing that Real Madrid endured a goalless draw against Rayo Vallecano at home last weekend, the match was further marred by Vinicius Jr’s antics during the game.
Vinicius found himself in the spotlight during the game and it was not for his footballing skills, In fact, the Brazil international let his frustration show by squaring off against Stole Dimitrievski and Isi Palazón, engaging in heated confrontations.
Moreover, he also expressed his dissatisfaction through a relentless barrage of angry protests directed at the referee.
Vinicius’ behaviour being questioned
The Brazilian’s provocative nature is wearing thin on the patience of not only his fellow professionals but also some prominent figures, including former Barcelona player Carles Puyol.
“I would love to talk to him as a fellow footballer and tell him what I think and what I feel,” said the Barcelona legend.
“He is a great player who makes a difference and should be admired in every field. If he would change his attitude he would get more recognition,” he added.
Vinicius’ behaviour on the field was also a topic of discussion during El Clasico. During the game, Carlo Ancelotti, had to intervene to prevent provocation of the Barcelona fans, urging the player to retreat to the bench swiftly.
This wasn’t an isolated incident, as in the game prior, he had to be replaced to prevent his potential sending off due to an altercation with Sevilla’s Lucas Ocampos, which could have resulted in him missing the Clasico.
Javier Tebas do not want to intervene
Surprisingly, La Liga president Javier Tebas has adopted a lenient attitude towards the Real Madrid forward.
At the second AFE awards ceremony, Tebas refrained from offering any assessment of the altercations involving Vinicius during his clashes with the Vallecano player.
“He is a great player and I don’t have to give him any advice,” he said, as per SPORT,
“I am not the one to give advice of that type. He has his advisors and his people, he will know what to do.
“I don’t have to give advice. In football, everyone is always looking for things to do and I haven’t looked for them for a long time. I worry about the collective image of La Liga, not the individual ones.
“In every game, there are always things that can be improved, and nothing more,” he added.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo