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Real Madrid set to gift Cacereno players personalized shirts, Benzema-Modric most demanded players

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Real Madrid’s first game of 2023 comes against the fourth-tier side of Spanish football as they travel to Estadio Principe Felipe to take on Cacereno in the round of 32 of Copa del Rey.

It is the first time the two teams will cross paths and given the potency of the event, Real Madrid have contacted their opponent to give the whole team and coaching staff personalized shirts as gifts. And as journalist Rodra quotes, almost everyone wants the shirts of midfielder Luka Modric and Karim Benzema.

Interestingly enough, neither Modric nor Benzema have been included in the travelling squad for the game. In fact, not only the aforementioned, but as many as six other first-team players will be absent from the fixture.

This includes the likes of Vinicius Jr, Ferland Mendy, Toni Kroos, Thibaut Courtois, Dani Carvajal and Mariano Diaz. 

For Vinicius, in particular, it is going to be his first break of the season after having participated in each of Madrid’s 21 games played across all competitions. Furthermore, the absence of Alaba, Mendy, Modric, Kroos and Benzema is down to the fact Carlo Ancelotti is prioritizing La Liga.

The only players absent due to injuries are Mariano Diaz, Thibaut Courtois and Dani Carvajal. Diaz, 29, is out due to an ankle problem while Courtois and Carvajal have not travelled due to slight discomfort.

The two did attend the gym session with the rest of the team before departure, but given the line of fixture congestion the team is set to face in January, Ancelotti has decided to give the duo further time to recover.

In turn, a certain Lucas Canizares has been picked in place of Courtois while Sergio Arribas, the top scorer for Real Madrid Castilla, has been called up as well. On the other hand, Nico Paz and Alvaro Rodriguez will be travelling too.

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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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