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Real Madrid believe ex-PSG manager suits the club, No. 1 candidate to replace Ancelotti

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The train to join Real Madrid is not one that gives second chances to many during their careers. Mauricio Pochettino was one of the few who publicly announced his confidence that he would receive a second calling after missing out two years ago, and sure enough, he has.

According to reports from AS, Pochettino is the contender Florentino Perez likes the most to be Carlo Ancelotti’s replacement at Real Madrid. He is the No. 1 candidate to take over in the summer. Though the coach is not serving at any other team, he is expected to wait until the summer to see if Los Blancos come calling.

There are multiple factors involved in Real Madrid’s admiration of the former PSG manager, with aspects both on and off the field considered.

To begin with, the Merengues‘ administration believe that Pochettino suits the club’s style with his ideology and system on the field. Additionally, there is a sense that he ‘carries himself’ very well off the field and in press conferences – a facet that the club really admire.

Considering the sudden surge in reports around Pochettino, one gets the sense that his appointment may not depend on Real Madrid’s performances in the Copa Del Rey and UEFA Champions League, even though it has been suggested that Ancelotti might continue if he wins a major trophy this season.

The most likely outcome, thus, could be Ancelotti’s appointment as the manager of the Brazilian National Team in the summer with Pochettino filling his shoes at Real Madrid.

The 51-year-old coach won 56 of his 84 games with PSG between 2021 and mid-2022. He is also no stranger to La Liga having managed Espanyol for three seasons between 2009 and 2012, while he did well in England with Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur.

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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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