Ancelotti praises Vinicius Jr.: ‘football needs him’

Before the match against Atlético de Madrid, in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti praised the performance of Brazilian striker Vinícius Júnior and stated that he is not afraid that the excessive number of fouls will cause an injury on the player.

“No (on injuries). We think about the player and he has a spectacular physique. Mentality, for him, is fundamental. We must protect him. I think football needs someone like Vinícius. I see him motivated, focused. He doesn’t complain.”

Recently, the Brazilian has been suffering more fouls. Because of this, for the press in Spain, Vini Jr’s performance fell. In 2022/23, the striker scored ten goals and four assists in 26 games. While last season, the winger participated in 32 matches, scored 22 times and served his teammates in ten opportunities.

This Thursday, Real Madrid faces Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey. The ball will roll at 5 pm (Brasília time), at the Santiago Bernabéu, as the home team. For the Spanish Championship, the team returns to the field to play against Real Sociedad, this Sunday, at 5 pm, at home. In the hunt for the leader, the club has 41 points, with three points ahead of first place, Barcelona.

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