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Trouble in paradise? Ancelotti staring at uncertain future at Real Madrid after Barcelona loss



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It has been an uncertain time for Carlo Ancelotti, as far as his future at Real Madrid is concerned. If the links to the Brazilian football team were not enough, the Italian has faced immense criticism for the team’s performance, along with some of his choices, reports Alfredo Matilla.

Real Madrid’s draw with Atletico Madrid in La Liga last week did indeed draw a lot of flak, especially from club president Florentino Perez. He questioned Ancelotti’s team selection and subsequently asked him to play his strongest eleven in crucial matches.

But this week, Real Madrid’s problems were compounded after a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final first leg.

Although the tie is far from done and dusted and Real Madrid will have an opportunity to overturn the situation in the second leg, it was a disappointing result for Los Blancos, who have not historically done well in Copa del Rey.

In light of the performances, even the relationship between Ancelotti and his players has reportedly changed. Some members of the club are trying to push him away from the Santiago Bernabeu while some of the first-team stars are questioning his tactical choices.

All of this comes in the backdrop of Ancelotti’s links with the Brazilian national team, with the South American giants keen on naming the Italian Tite’s successor.

Some people within the Real Madrid camp are aware of the fact that Ancelotti may have to pack his bags at the end of the season if the club fail to win anything come May.

The Spanish giants have no shortage of potential replacements either, with Jurgen Klopp eyed as one of the targets.

What hurts Ancelotti, though, is the fact that Real Madrid are the one pushing for his exit, more than the Brazilian national team. The Italian, though, will have the opportunity to prove himself during the remainder of the campaign and his future has not been decided just yet.

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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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