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Rodrygo, Camavinga, Carvajal react after Real Madrid 2-1 Vallecano: “Know what we want”

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Rodrygo’s late goal on Wednesday night helped Real Madrid to a 2-1 win over Rayo Vallecano at the Santiago Bernabeu. The visitors pushed until the very end while the hosts looked lacklustre for most part of the game. Yet, they managed to create a chance when they needed it the most and Rodrygo took it with both hands.

The Brazilian first expressed his joy over scoring the late winner and provided an overview of the ninety minutes that pawned out at Santiago Bernabeu.

“It’s special to get on the scoresheet again, I have to keep it up. We were expecting a difficult game. We were up against a very good team but we played well. We struggled at times, but in the end, I’m so happy to get my goal, we’re all pleased.”

After scoring his decisive goal, Rodrygo pulled a special celebration from his back pocket, standing with his head lowered and raising his clenched fist. He said the celebration was for Vinicius Jr and spoke about the bond he shared with his compatriot.

“I dedicated the goal to my brother, Vini. We’re always together, we have been through so much together because we left Brazil at such a young age. Coming to this club, with its greatness, winning it all with this team and now to have to go through this situation is so sad.”

“I include myself in this because I am black as well. I want to send him my best and let him know I will always be there for him, he knows that. We will continue to fight against racism.”

Finally, the young forward was asked to comment about the immense support Vini received from across the globe and what it would mean to him.

“It’s been special, all the support for Vini has been beautiful. The things that have happened to him could happen to a lot of players. We know that it has happened time and again in football in the past. But we’re happy because we’ve seen the world come together to fight this.”

Eduardo Camavinga also engaged the press and opened with a comment on his deployment in the defensive midfield on the night.

“We started the game as we always do. I don’t know if there’s a button that wakes us up, as you say, I just play. I’m not a full-back, I’m a central midfielder but as I always say, you have to help the team. I always try and help the team, that’s what I have to do.”

Barcelona were crowned La Liga champions with their win over Espanyol and Real Madrid can no longer overtake them. Yet, the youngster insisted that the team still had their objectives fixed.

“The most important thing here is to finish as high as possible. We know what we want to do and since we can no longer get first place, we’re going to fight for second.”

Commenting about the Merengues’ overall season across all competitions, Camavinga was elated with the three tiles lifted but maintained that the UCL was the one true goal.

“We always want to win the Champions League here, but it’s been a good season. We won three titles, it’s not bad. We know you have to win the Champions League here, but we’ll fight to do that next season.”

Finally, the Frenchman gave his two cents on racism and the support at the Santiago Bernabeu for Vincius Jr last night.

“It was beautiful. There is no place for racism in this world. What we did before kick-off is good for everyone, for the world. We have to eradicate racism.”

Carvajal on staying motivated for the final stretch

Carvajal aiming to finish as high as possible (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Dani Carvajal started as the right back on the night and completed the ninety minutes with two key passes and two defensive actions. He spoke about playing games without purpose and the lack of motivation it brought. Yet, he added that the team was motivated to finish as high on the standings as possible.

“It’s difficult to bring a good pace to this kind of game, our season is pretty much finished. We play due to our professionalism and because we have to compete to the end. It’s as if Raúl’s goal woke us up and we managed to create two or three chances.”

“We try to win every game we play and finish as high up the table as we can, that’s obvious. We haven’t been able to take first place so we’re going to try and finish second.”

There was a point in the game when Carvajal was very close to seeing a second yellow card. The defender explained what transpired on the field and why his foul was not bookable.

“I tried to cut the ball out but I didn’t quite get there so I tried to pull my leg back so as not to trip Óscar. He left his leg there and dived a bit but the referee had a good view of it. I don’t think it was a yellow card.”

Finally, Carvajal too revealed his thoughts on the Vinicius Jr situation and urged players and fans to ensure such incidents do not recur.

“Everyone gets right behind this. It cannot be allowed to go on. We have to improve and try and ensure it doesn’t happen again because it isn’t fair.”

Source: Real Madrid website

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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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