Vinicius Junior’s goal shows “the best potential in the world”
Carlo Ancelotti praised Vinicius Junior’s “extraordinary” late strike in Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Sevilla on Sunday, admitting the Brazilian star has what it takes “to be one of the best in the world”.
The winger’s 87th-minute goal – already his ninth La Liga goal this season – came after Rafa Mir opened the scoring for the visitors and Karim Benzema equalized in a hotly contested first half at the Bernabeu.
The 21-year-old received the ball through the left sideline, controlling it with his chest and leading into the infield before unleashing an unstoppable right-footed shot past goalkeeper Bono.
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“An extraordinary goal,” coach Ancelotti said in his post-match press conference when asked to choose a word to describe the arrival, calling Vinicius “a player with something special in the feet “.
He added: “What surprises me about Vinicius is the quality he has to score goals. His individual quality is no surprise, I knew he was strong in his dribbling, in the one. against one, with his pace, but he’s surprising everyone now with his scoring ability. “
Real Madrid’s victory over their top four rivals leaves them four points clear at the top of the table, while Sevilla fall to fourth behind Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad.
“Vinicius showed today a quality that I don’t think he’s ever shown before,” said Ancelotti. “It’s another step he takes to be one of the best in the world… The important thing is that he focuses on efficiency. When the opportunity presents itself, you have to seize it.”
With nine goals in 14 league appearances, Vinicius has already tripled his total in the last two full La Liga seasons, becoming a fixture alongside Benzema – who himself has 11 goals – in attack.
“Vini knows that the games are going to be more difficult for him now,” said his teammate Casemiro. “People realized he was a top player.
“We know he will be marked by the man, sometimes by two or three players, but when he has the slightest chance he has to make a difference.”
Real Madrid will be next in action on Wednesday, hosting Athletic Bilbao in a postponed match from Matchday 9, before heading to third-placed Real Sociedad next weekend.