After the Brazilian team won the Copa Libertadores, the desire of Flamengo players to face Real Madrid in the Club World Cup has become a recurring theme in the dressing room of the new South American champions.
The first to mention Real Madrid during the Libertadores celebrations was Filipe Luis, who said in the mixed zone at the end of the final and when asked by a journalist that “Real Madrid took two Champions Leagues from him but the Club World Cup was not revenge”. Afterwards, the entire Flamengo locker room chanted in unison, with the Libertadores trophy in the background, “Real Madrid, your time is coming.”
“There is no date or place for the World Cup. Surely the date will be when Real Madrid want it. Real being Real, you know… I would say the same if it was Bayern Munich, because that they are super powerful teams and that they even have the right to choose where the Club World Cup is going to be played”, even added Filipe Luis.
But the most controversial reaction came fromArturo vidal, a player who has often crossed paths with Real Madrid in his career, and just as often suffered and lost against them. During the celebrations, the Chilean launched, microphone in hand, “Real Madrid, we will break your ass”. A frankly unwelcome sentence from the midfielder, which quickly echoed in Spain.
💥 Arturo Vidal, during the Copa Libertadores celebrations with Flamengo: “Real Madrid, we’re going to break your ass!” pic.twitter.com/tGDd3mhJ7S
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“I think he is inconsolable”
An unsubtle provocation to which Rodrygo Goes reacted with class, with a very elegant response. “I think he’s inconsolable… But we don’t talk about it too much between us. We just watched a few videos, sure, but fine. Let him be.”
“We watched the game, we talked about the game and other things. But the Club World Cup is not something that matters at the moment, because we have a lot to do before. When this will be closer, we’ll talk about it,” the Real Madrid player said in an interview with TNT Sports Brazil.