“He’s 19 and we have to be patient with him. He must be ambitious. We have 25 players and when some of them are not in the squad it’s because there are a lot of important players. All of those players should be playing more”: Now this is what Zinedine Zidane said on Saturday, before omitting Vinicius for the match against Valladolid.
Vinicius Junior peut avoir tout le déchet qu'il veut dans le dernier geste, c'est vraiment un joueur spectaculaire. J'ai beaucoup de mal à comprendre les gens qui le vannent sans cesse, alors que normalement c'est pour ce genre de profil que tu commences à kiffer le foot.
— Maxi (@maxfrs) January 29, 2020
The Brazilian youngster arrived in Santiago Bernabeu with a lot of expectations. Whenever he had been given the opportunity, Vinicius impressed with his pace, agility and dribbling abilities, but in clubs like Real Madrid such things are not enough, but scoring goals and help in win matches matter more. But the Real Madrid coach Zidane is someone, who does not come to a conclusion so easily but wishes to invest more faith in his boys.
The next mission of Los Blancos was against Real Zaragoza in the Round of 16 of Copa del Ray. Zidane decided to give Vinicius another opportunity so that he could prove his worth. In his first season in Spain, in three Copa games Vinicius managed two goals and four assists, but since then has only started in four out of 29 games played.
9 – @realmadriden's Vinícius Júnior has been involved in more goals than any other @LaLigaEN player in the Copa del Rey since the start of last season (three goals and six assists). Prince. pic.twitter.com/NfCZeWostU
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 29, 2020
In Zidane’s rotation policy, Vinicius featured in last weekend’s league game against Unionistas where he played full 90 minutes. The match against Zaragoza would be a stifling test for the young Brazilian. He needed a sparkling display to cement his place in the main XI.
A dominating display by @realmadriden who smashed 4 goals against Zaragoza. Toni Kroos was the best player for me, but it was Vinicius Junior who was the second best. Apart from his agility & skill, his defensive prowess was remarkable. He scored a goal and the flick was delicate pic.twitter.com/1Q3bfNEbmc
— Faisal Caesar (@faisalyorker1) January 30, 2020
Real Madrid won the match and advanced to the next round. Toni Kroos ran the show from the word go and the next player who impressed Zidane and Real Madrid officials alongside Raphael Varane and Lucas Vazquez was none but Vinicius Junior. He worked tirelessly throughout the match and apart from his usual pace and skill; his defensive prowess caught the attention of everyone. He completed 4 tackles and proved to be a continuous nuisance for Zaragoza full-back Delma. Now that shows, how determined the boy is to prove his worth.
Then he scored the third goal.
GOAL! Real Zaragoza 0-3 Real Madrid
Vinícius Júnior pic.twitter.com/2f5jxHosfy
— GOALMW (@GOALMW2) January 29, 2020
In the 71st minute, the 19-year old charged at Zaragoza’s defence before playing a tidy one-two with James Rodriguez, the Brazilian picked the ball back up in the box and effortlessly lobbed it over the keeper. It was a delicate finish and the one, which Vinicius needed to boost his confidence and payback Zidane’s faith.
Zidane was impressed and Vinicius has kept the hopes alive to receive another opportunity.