Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that winger Vinicius Junior is one of the best soccer players in the world today, adding that he is not worried about the team relying too much on the Brazilian player this season.
The 22-year-old Vinicius played a pivotal role in Real Madrid’s victory in the Spanish League and Champions League double last season, and he will lead his team to face local rivals Barcelona in the first leg of the King’s Cup semi-final, Thursday.
Ancelotti said in a press conference today, Wednesday, “Real Madrid depends on Vinicius Junior, and this is a good thing because he is one of the best players in the world right now. I think that relying on Vinicius is natural for us. He is one of the best players in the world today.”
He added, “I do not need to give him more advice. We will not change our way of playing. Vinicius will face a great challenge against Ronald Araujo, and I think this will be fun and I hope he will surpass him.”
Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez agreed with Ancelotti on Vinicius, saying his side would be the underdogs against Real Madrid tomorrow.
Xavi added, “Vinicius makes the difference. He is an exceptional player and adds goals to his arsenal. He is the type of player you have to follow closely because of his great level. It would be great to win at the Santiago Bernabeu tomorrow, Thursday, but we are facing a great competitor, who is the favorite.”
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