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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against RCD Mallorca

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Real Madrid will be aiming to extend their perfect start to the new season when they take on RCD Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu in a little while. And manager Carlo Ancelotti has named his starting XI for the clash.

Thibaut Courtois starts in goal as the manager had confirmed in his press conference, after recovering from a knock.

There are a couple of changes in defence from the game against Celtic as Lucas Vazquez and Antonio Rudiger come in for Dani Carvajal and the injured Eder Militao, respectively. Ferland Mendy and David Alaba complete the back four for the reigning champions.

Toni Kroos, Dani Ceballos and Federico Valverde form the midfield trifecta for Los Blancos, with Luka Modric and Aurelien Tchouameni dropping out of the starting lineup. Kroos dons the captain’s armband for the game.

Finally, Eden Hazard starts as the No. 9 in the absence of Karim Benzema who is out with an injury. The Belgian international is flanked by the Brazilian duo of Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Junior in the frontline against Mallorca.

Real Madrid Starting XI: Courtois, Vazquez, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy, Valverde, Ceballos, Kroos, Rodrygo, Hazard, 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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