The Real Madrid Vs Valencia game earlier this month caused quite a controversy, with Vinicius Junior being the centre of attention.
The Brazilian international was a victim of racial abuse by a certain group of Valencia fans. The incident caused a massive uproar within the footballing world, with many prominent figures in the world of sports backing Vinicius.
Real Madrid themselves have come out strongly, condemning racism and the acts carried out by Valencia fans against Vinicius.
But it seems the whole series of events has only antagonised Valencia fans, who have now gathered outside the Mestalla ahead of the home game against Espanyol. The supporters are signing songs against Real Madrid, reports El Chiringuito.
It is unlikely the fans are going against Vinicius after he was the subject of racist abuse. But it appears they are antagonised by Real Madrid’s allegations that a large of the supporters had hurled racial slurs against the attacker.
Valencia themselves have come out strongly against the allegations, which has strained the relationship between the two clubs, to an extent.
Both clubs, though, should not put too much attention to this recent precession by the Valencia supporters and will look to focus on the games at hand. The upcoming match against Espanyol is a crucial one for Los Che, who are still involved in the relegation fight.
A win should help them move away from the relegation scrap, though. As for Real Madrid, they secured a 2-1 win over Sevilla last night, with Rodrygo impressing onlookers with a brace.
The Spanish giants are currently second in the league table, but there is a possibility they could be overtaken by Atletico Madrid if they lose their final match of the season.
Real Madrid retain total confidence in Carlo Ancelotti despite derby disaster – report
Sunday night was a disappointing one for Real Madrid as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat to arch-rivals Atletico Madrid in the Madrid derby at the Civitas Metropolitano.
The Merengues suffered their first defeat of the 2023/24 season as former striker Alvaro Morata scored a brace for the Rojiblancos while Antoine Griezmann was also on target.
Real Madrid might be feeling aggrieved by some of the calls made by the referee on the night but they were just not good enough to secure all three points at the Metropolitano.
Real Madrid retain full confidence in Ancelotti
Despite the disappointing performance and outcome, Real Madrid retain their full and total confidence in manager Carlo Ancelotti, reports Jose Felix Diaz (via RM4Arab).
There had been question marks about the team selection made by the manager for the derby against Atletico Madrid.
After all, the Italian opted to bench Joselu from the starting XI to bring in Luka Modric and shift the tactics.
Aurelien Tchouameni was also left out despite being one of the team’s strongest performers this season with Toni Kroos being preferred.
The Real Madrid hierarchy wishes for the manager to trust the next-gen midfield for the big games but Ancelotti’s selection indicated that he is still not ready to do so.
Despite there being some differences, the board retains full confidence in Ancelotti.
Ancelotti accepts blame for defeat
It was a disappointing performance from Real Madrid in their biggest test of the 2023/24 season so far and speaking after the match, manager Ancelotti accepted the blame for the outcome.
“Maybe I could have done it better. It’s pretty clear. When the team doesn’t do what it has to do, it’s my responsibility. It’s my fault,” Ancelotti said.
With the game done and dusted, Real Madrid now turn their focus towards producing a strong comeback when they face Las Palmas later this week.