Vinicius’ role in Madrid in Zidane has taken a radical turn: has gone from dilemma to solution. The French coach has only made it a starter in eleven of the 37 games of the current season (just 29.7% of the total), but in the most important match of the course so far he was in the eleven. He did not disappoint: he assisted Isco in the only one of Madrid after a good move. Glued to the left, his favorite demarcation, he was the agitator of the Madridists, the only footballer with the capacity for overflow. It turned out to be a nightmare for Walker and the one who was most looking for all his teammates. In addition, his involvement in defensive work was total (he recovered up to eight balls).
The course did not start well for the Brazilian. With the arrival of Hazard, he was forced to ‘learn’ to play from the right. He was never comfortable and that, coupled with a lack of opportunity, caused him a loss of confidence. He almost resembled the player who dazzled in 2018-19 since Solari’s arrival. He was left out of the call by technical decision on six occasions and had to see how Rodrygo advanced him in the rotation. Also Bale, Hazard, Isco… Rarely Zizou remembered Vinicius.
However, as happened last season, the change of year refreshed the Brazilian, who returned to his best version. After several good performances in Copa, with goal included against Zaragoza, the derby against Atletico was the ultimate turnof-in change. He was a substitute, but his departure from the bench on the break revolutionized Madrid, which he won by the minimum (1-0).
Despite this, Zidane insisted on giving Bale (Osasuna, Celta…)opportunities. The Welshman did not take advantage of them and, on the key day, it was Vinicius that was the starter. With Hazard injured, he has managed to win the race for ownership to the footballers who at the beginning of the campaign surpassed him. It surprises in particular the change of role of Rodrygo, who has even gone on to play for Castile (he will miss the Classic for his expulsion against San Sebastian de los Reyes).
The pending subject of Vinicius, however, is still the goal. Against Manchester City he had a clear shot after a header from Benzema. Ederson’s rejection left him with one chance to score to the mouth… But he slipped. This season he has scored only three goals. Tuning his aim remains his main point to improve…