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Vinicius hits out at Tebas, La Liga after racist abuse vs Valencia: “Want actions and punishments”

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Real Madrid winger Vinicius Jr was not only subjected to vocal insults and abuses at Mestalla on Sunday night but also saw an unacceptable straight red card for engaging in a physical tussle. Ironically, however, it was only he who was sanctioned and not the Valencia star who instigated the fight.

An understandably frustrated Vinicius took to his social media after the game to lash out at the repeated instances of hate against him. He specifically targeted La Liga for their incompetence in handling the situation and indirect support for racism.

“It wasn’t the first time, nor the second, nor the third. Racism is normal in La Liga. The competition thinks it’s normal, the [Spanish Football] Federation does too and the opponents encourage it.”

His words for the league only got more sour as his statements went on. The Brazilian had no mercy on the Spanish League and said it was no longer known for the reasons it used to be famous for.

“I’m so sorry. The championship that once belonged to Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Lionel] Messi today belongs to racists.

Vinicius’ outrage then shifted target from the Spanish League to the entire Nation of Spain as he called them the ‘exporters’ of racist propaganda.

“A beautiful nation, which welcomed me and which I love, but which agreed to export the image of a racist country to the world.”

Vinicius Jr ended his social media outrage with a feeling of helplessness in his tone as he spoke about how he was virtually single-handedly fighting off the hate and racism. Yet, he said he refused to give up.

“I’m sorry for the Spaniards who don’t agree, but today, in Brazil, Spain is known as a country of racists. And unfortunately, for everything that happens each week, I have no defence. I agree. But I am strong and I will go to the end against racists. Even if far from here.”

In response to the footballer’s long thread against the abuse he faced last night at Mestalla, La Liga president Javier Tebas took to his Twitter to douse the fire. Instead of siding with the victim, however, he once again pushed the blame on the Brazilian saying,

“Since those who should not explain to you what it is and what La Liga can do in cases of racism, we have tried to explain it to you. But you have not shown up for either of the two agreed dates that you requested yourself.”

He then defended the Spanish League and lashed out at Vini Jr for ‘insulting La Liga’ and ‘being manipulated.’

“Before criticizing and insulting LaLiga, it is necessary that you inform yourself properly Vinicius. Do not let yourself be manipulated and make sure you fully understand each other’s competencies and the work we have been doing together.

The Real Madrid starlet did not hold back after Tebas’ unacceptable response. In his quick and curt reply to the president, Vinicius said that Tebas was projecting a pro-racist image of himself and added that discussions would be of no good.

“Once again, instead of criticizing racists, the president of LaLiga appears on social networks to attack me. The image of your championship shakes. Skipping it only makes you equal to racists. I’m not your friend to talk about racism. I want actions and punishments,” he said as revealed by Arancha Rodriguez.

The scene in Spain does not look pretty. What is known for certain, however, is that the league is now under the most pressure it has ever been to take visible steps against racism. If no solution can be found even after such a dire situation, the Brazilian’s claims might just be true.

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining

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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:

Goalkeeper

Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.

Defence

Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.

Midfield

The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.

Attack

Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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