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Official: Real Madrid lineup against Valencia | Spanish Super Cup

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With Real Madrid set to face Valencia in the Spanish Super Cup semi-finals in a matter of hours, manager Carlo Ancelotti has announced his starting XI for the match.

Los Blancos go into the game without the services of midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni and defender David Alaba, both of whom are out injured. Ferland Mendy also missed training yesterday due to muscle overload and is only fit enough to be on the bench.

In his place, Nacho Fernandez gets the nod at left-back while Lucas Vazquez starts on the right side of the defence even though Dani Carvajal has recovered from his injury. Eder Militao and Antonio Rudiger form the centre-back partnership with Thibaut Courtois in goal.

Interestingly, Ancelotti has opted to bench veteran midfielder Luka Modric for the game, instead opting to start Eduardo Camavinga alongside Federico Valverde and Toni Kroos, with the 20-year-old Frenchman likely to operate as the No. 6 in Tchouameni’s absence.

Up top, Karim Benzema starts as the centre-forward and the captain will look to lead the team by example. Flanking the Frenchman will be the Brazilian duo of Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr.

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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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