Real Madrid shocked the footballing world by publishing a video yesterday, showcasing the role General Franco played behind the rise of Barcelona.
The video also highlighted how Franco was named an honorary member of the club in 1965 while saving the club from bankruptcy three times. Even Camp Nou was inaugurated by Franco’s general minister Jose Solis Ruiz.
The video was uploaded in response to Joan Laporta’s comments in yesterday’s press conference, where the Barcelona president accused the club of being close to power and enjoying favouritism among the referees.
According to MARCA, Real Madrid will not be satisfied with the video alone. They are prepared to throw more arguments in defence of the accusations made by Laporta in yesterday’s press conference.
The report further claims Real Madrid will not tolerate any attacks and will be prepared to throw everything that comes their way. Los Blancos will not especially tolerate any insinuations that tarnish the club’s history.
That means we may expect more rebuttals from Real Madrid’s end. The club may also point fingers at Barcelona for their alleged involvement in the Negreira scandal, with many believing that Joan Laporta has failed to come up with proper evidence.
In the large scheme of things, it appears the relationship between Real Madrid and Barcelona, which has remained cordial for many years, is now on the verge of a breakdown.
The animosity between the two clubs has grown significantly ever since Real Madrid announced their opposition to Barcelona in the Negreira trials. The relationship should slide further after the video that was published yesterday.
While the two clubs are not expected to contest each other during the remainder of the campaign, their renewed enmity could be evident in the coming summer when both clubs will contest for players in the transfer market.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
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.
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.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
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.
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.