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Vinicius Jr’s entourage on him being targeted by opponents: “Never happens in UCL”



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Real Madrid succumbed to a 4-2 defeat against Girona FC at Estadi Montilivi last night, after putting up a largely listless display.

One player who seemed to be up for the fight against the Catalan club was Vinicius Jr, who looked lively on the ball and had a hand in both of Real Madrid’s goals on the night, scoring and assisting one apiece.

While his performance was impressive, what made the headlines was once again the fact that the Real Madrid winger was constantly targeted and fouled by opposition players during the game.

Arnau Martinez lunged into a harsh challenge on the Brazilian which could very well have caused an injury while Santiago Bueno kicked the ball at the winger when he was down on the pitch.

For the majority of the game, the home team’s fans were chanting: “Vinícius, how bad you are, how bad you are” at the stadium.

This is not the first time such an incident is occurring, as the Real Madrid superstar has constantly been targeted with fouls, rash challenges, and insults by opponents in La Liga.

Speaking to El Confidencial, Vinicius’ entourage touched upon how these incidents only happen in the Spanish top flight but not in European fixtures, saying:

“These insults, kicks, and disrespect only happen in La Liga, especially in away games. Never in Europe, in the Champions League.”

It was not long ago that Vinicius was targeted by racist abuse by fans of Atletico Madrid, Real Valladolid, and RCD Mallorca, while he has had run-ins on the pitch against players from various clubs trying to rattle him by committing fouls.

In fact, the Brazilian international is the player who has been fouled the most number of times across the top-five European leagues this season.

Despite this, Vinicius continues to shine like a star for Real Madrid and is now the player with the most goal-involvements for the club this season. Carlo Ancelotti & co. will need him to keep firing if they are to win teh Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League.

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown



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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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