A late second-half header from Youssef En-Nesyri earned Sevilla a 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid on Sunday, securing Julen Lopetegui's side Champions League qualification despite extending their winless run to four games.
Madrid have managed to balance domestic duties with a Champions League run which has seen them eliminate PSG and Chelsea in the round of 16 and quarterfinals, respectively. They will host City on Wednesday looking to book their fifth Champions League final place in the last decade.
Those at Valdebebas asked for it and those at home demanded it too, and Rodrygo has begun to respond, displaying his best football at the defining moment of the season. At the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, he was presented with a chance, and took it, showing that the white kit is certainly not too large for him.
So right now, Vinicius, and Real Madrid, need to give thanks to Benzema for having educated the 21-year-old whose brain now keeps up with his blistering pace. By December, when he's lifting the Ballon d'Or, I'd love to hear Benzema admitting: "Thanks, kid -- I owe you."