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Real Madrid defender one of Carlo Ancelotti’s ‘untouchables’ in the lineup – report



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According to MARCA, Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal is seen as an ‘untouchable’ in the lineup by manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The report from MARCA analyses Los Blancos’ defensive options and possible combinations for the upcoming crucial matches against CA Osasuna (Copa del Rey final) and Manchester City (UEFA Champions League semi-finals).

David Alaba, who is out injured, recently started doing some light work on the pitch and the Merengues are confident of his return for the Copa del Rey final on May 6.

His potential return would pose a question to Ancelotti about his centre-back pairing, with Eder Militao and Antonio Rudiger also vying for the starting berth.

Meanwhile, at left-back, the manager has some questions as well, with Eduardo Camavinga, Nacho Fernandez, and Ferland Mendy (should he return from injury) competing for the spot.

But, as far as the right-back position is concerned, there are no doubts about who is the first-choice starter, with Carvajal viewed as an ‘untouchable’ in the lineup.

Indeed, for a large part of the season, when fit and available, the Spanish veteran has been the preferred starter in the right-back slot. Only during games when he has a niggle or Ancelotti is protecting him for a more important clash have the likes of Lucas Vazquez or Nacho started.

So far this term, Carvajal has played 37 times (30 starts) across all competitions, registering five assists in the process.

While he continues to enjoy the trust of the manager, there is also a feeling within the club that they need to start putting a succession plan in place given that the Spaniard is 31 and has had fitness problems in the past.

Chelsea ace Reece James is seen as a target by Real Madrid, but the Englishman’s own fitness woes could prevent the club from making a move.

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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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