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Real Madrid defensive duo set to miss Copa del Rey final, doubts for Man City clash



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According to the latest report from MARCA, Real Madrid duo David Alaba and Ferland Mendy face extended time on the sidelines and will miss close to a month of action.

The defenders are set to miss the Copa del Rey final in early May and are doubts for the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg against Manchester City too.

Mendy was injured in Real Madrid’s 2-1 defeat to Barcelona at Spotify Camp Nou last month in what was the latest blow to his injury-riddled season.

Alaba’s latest setback was more recent and came in the club’s second-leg tie against Chelsea in the UCL. Following that, it was reported that the defender would be out for two weeks and could return in time for the Copa del Rey final.

However, the aforementioned report is claiming that it is not the case and both Alaba and Mendy will be unavailable for the big final against Osasuna on May 6, while they could also be out of the UCL semifinal first-leg tie at the Bernabeu.

With both players likely to miss the first clash against Manchester City, there is a real worry for Carlo Ancelotti. After all, the Italian tactician cannot count on Eder Militao on the night either as he is suspended due to an accumulation of cards.

The likely, and perhaps only solution for the manager, will be to utilise both Nacho Fernandez and Eduardo Camavinga in defence against Pep Guardiola’s side.

Thus, one can expect Dani Carvajal and Camavinga to start as the full-backs at the Santiago Bernabeu, while Antonio Rudiger and Nacho Fernandez man the central defence.

Los Blancos play both the Copa del Rey Final and the UCL semifinal within 72 hours of each other. Given the constraint in resources, the lack of time to recover becomes worrying for the manager. After all, UEFA are unwilling to postpone the defending champions’ fixture at any cost.

With the first leg being a home encounter for Los Blancos, it will be imperative that they look to steal a solid advantage before they travel to the Etihad Stadium a week later. After all, the upcoming UCL fixture is the defending champions’ most demanding tie this season.

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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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