The Brazilian forward’s attitude fuels dissatisfaction among his teammates. In the last match against Betis Vinicius became the protagonist of yet another episode: Ceballos takes him away by force.
Vinicius’ gesture that not even his teammates liked.
The reaction of Rüdigerwho yells something at him from afar, and Valverdewho stands there watching the scene with an astonished look, clarify what the mood is in the locker room of the real Madrid towards Vinicius. They can no longer bear certain attitudes on the pitch: he often protests, complains too much to the referees, engages in duels with opponents on the verge of physical contact, loads himself with yellow cards and then even risks the red card. They understand how the pressure and the racist insults that he often receives are hard to bear (Ancelotti has also defended him publicly), but there is a limit to everything and he must calm down.
It is the explanation that is also given by the Spanish media who, in ascertaining this situation of dissatisfaction within the group, focus their attention on a video that refers to the match played by the blancos against Betis last Sunday. The images are eloquent, they tell what happened at the end of the game, witnessing the face to face with the match officials sought by Vinicius.
Rudiger (in the background) loses patience as Ceballos takes the Brazilian away.
The match is over, some players swap shirts, others head towards the tunnel that leads to the dressing room, Ancelotti leaves the bench but understands that something is wrong. Vinicius approaches the race director, touches him on the back and starts arguing. He has a displeased look, a surprised face, he doesn’t like what the referee tells him.
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From a distance Ancelotti invites him to desist (“forget it, get away”) but remains unheard. Ceballos intervenes and takes his teammate by the arm and pulls him towards him. He will have to repeat that gesture more than once, even coming between the Brazilian and the referee to prevent him from getting into trouble (he was already booked). The referee ‘dismisses’ him with a very clear gesture of his hand, Vinicius goes away visibly annoyed.
Rüdiger and Valverde are not far away, they slow down and look at that ‘curtain’. The German defender, ex Roma and Chelsea, waves his arms and blatantly blames him. “Vamos”, he seems to shout at him, “come away”. But it’s of little use because Vinicius continues to protest. He is visibly nervous, a psychological condition that he carries with him from various matches and linked (perhaps) also to too many fouls suffered and not sanctioned by the referees. Something like this also happened on the occasion of the Clasico, at which time he was the protagonist of game clashes and reactions at the limit of the regulation.