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Real Madrid star Rodrygo opens up on racism in football: “Nobody does anything”

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Real Madrid forward Rodrygo spoke about the incident of racism targeted towards the Brazilian players during their 5-1 win over Tunisia on Wednesday night.

Brazil and Tunisia played locked horns at Parc des Princes in Paris in an international friendly, where goals from Raphinha, Richarlison, Neymar and Pedro were enough to guide the South American team home.

The incident in question, however, happened when Tottenham forward Richarlison made it 2-1 for Brazil in the 19th minute. As the striker went towards the corner flag to celebrate his achievement, a banana fell right at his feet. While the players seemed to ignore it, the intention was rightly crucified.

It wasn’t just that, throughout the match, several objects including bottles were thrown at the pitch and the aforementioned incident resembles what happened with former Barcelona full-back Dani Alves in 2014 in the Villarreal-Barça match.

As he went to take the corner, a banana was thrown toward the veteran, but instead of getting steam, he simply picked it up and took a bite. 

More recently, Rodrygo’s Real Madrid and Brazil teammate Vinicius Jr was subjected to racist chants at the Civitas Metropolitano by a section of Atletico Madrid supporters.

Sadly enough, Brazilian players have always been targets of racism and while acknowledging the same, Rodrygo said that the players are now used to it.

“Very happy with the victory. It has been a pleasure to be with the Brazilian National Team,” said the forward on the ‘El Partidazo de COPE’ program, as quoted by MARCA.

“We are used to these things happening (racist acts). We always say it, but nobody does anything” added the Real Madrid star.

Rodrygo, who got a total of 21 minutes of play in Brazil’s last two encounters, will now return to club duty, hoping to keep his side’s unbeaten run intact. And as he explained, his goal is now “to continue working well at Real Madrid” and “then the World Cup”.

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Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla

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Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.

Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.

Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.

Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla

As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.

Defence

Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.

On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.

Rudiger to return after a brief spell on the sidelines (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.

Midfield

Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.

Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.

Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.

Attack

As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.

Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.

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