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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Manchester City; UCL semis first leg

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Santiago Bernabéu is set to host Manchester City tonight in the UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg, as Real Madrid hope to go two-for-two against Pep Guardiola’s side in consecutive semi-finals.

Carlo Ancelotti has made a few changes to the starting lineup that took on Osasuna in the Copa del Rey final on Sunday. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal, commanding the box, with four defenders screening him.

David Alaba has received the nod to start in central defence alongside Antonio Rudiger, who replaces the suspended Eder Militao. Daniel Carvajal starts on the right side of the quartet, with Eduardo Camavinga holding width on the left.

In midfield, meanwhile, Toni Kroos gets the start over Aurelien Tchouameni, while Luka Modric returns to the setup after his hamstring injury. The midfield is rounded off by Federico Valverde.

Finally, in attack, Karim Benzema spearheads the trio, while Rodrygo assumes responsibility on the right-wing. Vinicius Jr retains his spot on the left side.

Confirmed Madrid XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Camavinga; Valverde, Kroos, Modric; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius

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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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