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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup to face Chelsea

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Real Madrid will look to book a place in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League when they face Chelsea in the quarter-final second leg at Stamford Bridge in a couple of hours.

Real Madrid already have a foot through the doors to the next round after securing a 2-0 win over Chelsea in the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu last week.

And as they look to get the job done at Stamford Bridge tonight, Carlo Ancelotti has released the Real Madrid starting XI that will be taking the field.

The Los Blancos’ boss has named an unchanged lineup from the first leg at the Bernabeu, reverting all the alterations he had made for the weekend La Liga clash against Cadiz.

It means that Dani Carvajal, David Alaba, and Eduardo Camavinga return to the defensive line, alongside Eder Militao. The quartet will shield Thibaut Courtois on his return to Stamford Bridge.

Toni Kroos returns to the lineup after missing the weekend game due to a niggle. He slots in as the defensive midfielder, flanked by Luka Modric and Federico Valverde.

Up front, Real Madrid captain Karim Benzema leads the line, flanked by the Brazilian duo of Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr. The latter returns to the side after recovering from a minor muscle discomfort.

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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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