Real Madrid arrived in Paris on Tuesday night with two players who were one yellow card away from being suspended from the Champions League, namely Casemiro and Ferland Mendy, who were both on the bench.
The Brazilian was cautioned in the first half, and as a result, he will be suspended from the second leg against Paris Saint-Germain at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. He was cautioned for a tackle on Leandro Paredes in midfield.
As the Brazilian seized the Argentine by the throat, it was evident that there was a lot of tension between them. The event was reviewed by the VAR a second time, but nothing more than a yellow card was deemed necessary. However, the booking has a negative impact on Carlo Ancelotti’s second-leg strategy.
Ancelotti’s choice was made ahead of Sheriff’s decision.
As a member of the group stage, Casemiro received a red card in the fourth match against Sheriff. With Real Madrid’s qualification secured, there was discussion about how his yellow card came at an inopportune time, as it left the possibility of a ban hanging over his head.
In a meeting with Ancelotti, Casemiro inquired as to whether the player should force another yellow card in order to complete his suspension as soon as possible. He was, however, persuaded otherwise by Ancelotti, who maintained that he was required to compete for the top slot.
Ancelotti, on the other hand, will have to deal with the ramifications of that decision, as he will have to devise a game plan without one of his most essential players for a key match.