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Real Madrid leaders recognise the ‘lack of intensity’ from players close to World Cup

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Real Madrid dropped points for just the second time this season in La Liga when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Girona at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

Having taken the lead through Vinicius Jr, Real Madrid gave away a penalty for a handball which Cristhian Stuani tucked away to salvage a point for Girona.

Los Blancos are said to be unhappy and angry about the officiating by the referees on Sunday, with the penalty awarded being highly controversial while they also had a goal chalked off in the match.

While they may be frustrated with the referees, MARCA reports that the Real Madrid leaders also recognise that there was a certain lack of intensity from players against Girona this close to the FIFA World Cup.

The draw comes on the back of Los Blancos’ first defeat of the season, when they were beaten 3-2 by RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League last midweek.

They believe that these missteps will breathe life into Barcelona’s title challenge, after all the Blaugrana are now just a point below Real Madrid in the La Liga standings after the weekend’s round of fixtures.

While there are no alarm bells ringing at the moment, the Real Madrid leaders are not entirely pleased with the situation.

However, it must be noted that Luka Modric and Federico Valverde were injured and did not have a lot of training behind them for the Girona clash while Rodrygo Goes was recovering from gastroenteritis.

On top of that, Aurelien Tchouameni had to pull out on the day of the game due to discomfort while Karim Benzema was also not available.

While that should not be seen as a reason for the team to drop their intensity, these are factors that had an impact on the outcome of the game against Girona.

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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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