Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti was left pleased with victory over Rayo Vallecano.
Karim Benzema and Rodrygo Goes struck for Real in the 2-1 win, with Raul de Tomas scoring for Rayo.
Ancelotti was happy with the support shown for Vinicius Jr and said: “His morale is just fine. All the support he has received in the last few days has been good for him. I don’t think there will be any more cases of racism because we’ve all become aware of it and things are going to improve very quickly. He would have played if he didn’t have the discomfort in his knee. We’ll see if he can train tomorrow or Friday so he can play on Saturday. It was just a small issue today that stopped him from playing.
“Everyone knows him, he’s such an important player for us with his assists, his goals and the danger he creates. He was replaced by another left winger today, although he often plays on the right too. And Rodrygo made the difference today.”
On match winner Rodrygo, he continued: “He’s had a bigger impact this season and he has nearly been a nailed-on starter. He’s really progressed well compared to last year. He’ll continue to improve next season as well because he still hasn’t reached his best, but he’s getting there.
“I didn’t see the celebration. All of the players who are close to Vini Jr. feel this issue deeply and have been affected by it because they are friends. Vini Jr. has been impacted by it all a bit and they are showing their support to a teammate.”
Asked about Vinicius Jr’s red card at Valencia being overturned, Ancelotti added: “I was surprised because I didn’t think they would review a situation where a mistake was made. On the pitch they only evaluated Vini Jr.’s conduct but it was a longer sequence of events.
“They changed their mind and I think they made the right call. It’s a very difficult situation and I would like to think it was a genuine mistake. They didn’t show all of the images and I don’t know if that has happened before.”