In the best physical condition, the Brazilian winger Vinicius Jr is currently in the best shape since he moved from Flamengo to Real Madrid in the summer of 2018 for a transfer fee of 45 million euros. He has already scored four goals for Los Blancos, previously decried as a chance death – only striker legend Karim Benzema has so far scored more often (5). Opposite the Madrid sports newspaper as the 21-year-old now declared his form high.
In the 5-2 home win of the Madrilenians last Sunday against a strong but defensively fragile Celta Vigo everything came together: return of the fans (after 560 days) to the Bernabéu Stadium, another great moment for Karim Benzema (scored three goals) and a very strong one Game of the Brazilian.
Above all, he saw the presence of the long-missing fans as one of the keys to the victory. “That was all very special. We knew that our fans would be behind us. With the 2-1 break at break, we were sure that the support of the fans would be important for the race to catch up. This encouragement was essential for us . You feel the backing – and everything becomes easier. “
When asked how he felt the great sympathy that the fans have shown him, the 21-year-old said: “I think it has to do with the way I play. I always try to go one on one, and if it doesn’t work, I’ll try again. I hope that this good relationship with the fans will last for a long time. “
How good the relationship with the Real fans is, you could see at Vinicius’ goal celebration after his goal to lead the hosts 3-2 against the Galicians. Completely detached, the Brazilian ran into the curve and let the aficionados push and hug him.
The only problem: The corona virus is still a long way from disappearing in September 2021, which is why this very body-hugging jubilation was sharply criticized from some quarters.
“It was a moment full of emotions, and maybe the whole of the past also played a role. We haven’t been able to play in front of our fans for a long time, and maybe that’s why I went a little over the top. Actually, it was a big hug with the whole thing Bernabéu Stadium in our reunion with the fans. ”
When asked what his secret of success for the explosion in performance of the last few weeks is, the young attacker replies with modesty: “This is the result of long and hard work in Valdebebas [dem Trainingszentrum von Real, Anm. d. Red.], where I have been working hard on my degrees again and again. “
Perhaps the words of his coach Carlo Ancelotti have had a positive effect. After the game in Vitoria, he complained to Deportivo Alavés that Vinicius was sometimes still leading the ball for too long.
“He says that one or two touches of the ball before the end is better. For me it is actually better. You can see it in the statistics. I always have this advice in the back of my mind. Mister works a lot with me in Valdebebas and helps me to get even better. ”
So at the moment everything is pink in the white paradise of Vinicius. But there have been difficult phases since he left his home country for Europe at the age of 18. But he never made use of psychological help.
“Despite the bad numbers in these phases, I never lost my head. I scored a lot of goals in the Flamengo youth team and I was sure that that would also be the case at Real at some point.”
A remarkable self-confidence for a player who has barely emerged from the teenage years. That also ensured that he rejected the many pieces of advice this summer to get loaned in order to get playing times.
“I always wanted only one thing: to triumph in Madrid. For my president, for the fans who have always supported me unconditionally. My family and I want to stay in Madrid for many years to come. I don’t want to gain experience anywhere else. There are players here who who have played here for many years and won many titles. I want to be one of them. “
Of course, the very special relationship with Karim Benzema could not go unmentioned during the interview. The anecdote from last year when Real was a guest in the premier class at Borussia Mönchengladbach will not be forgotten.
In the players’ tunnel, during the half-time break, the TV cameras captured how the French asked his compatriot Ferland Mendy not to play Vinicius anymore, as he was playing “against the team”. That in turn triggered a storm of indignation in Brazil at the time.
But Vinicius no longer wanted to comment on this incident. “Playing with Karim is incredible. I’ve been a fan of him since I was a child. It’s a pleasure to play by his side. He always helps me. Karim is one of the best players in football history. We talk a lot with each other. “
“Before the Celta game he told me that I would help him score a goal. In fact, I was fouled from a penalty spot. At that moment, I looked at him because I knew he would convert the penalty.”
Vinicius and the whole club also want to transform or transform the recently somewhat frustrated recent history in the Champions League.
In his first season in Madrid he was one of the best Real players in the first leg of the last 16 against Ajax – until he had to be replaced in the 81st minute due to an injury. The second leg at the Bernabéu Stadium (1: 4) then turned into a debacle. In the following years, English clubs (Manchester City and Chelsea FC) were too high hurdles for the Spaniards.
For Vinicius, of course, no reason not to continue striving for the greatest possible success in Real’s favorite competition. “Such experiences help you to grow and mature as a player. Hopefully things will go better this year and we will win the Cup. But winning the Champions League is very difficult. City was the best team last year – and still has them can’t win. We should just look at ourselves and trust that we will do well. “
“Vinnie” and his teammates can take the first step on Wednesday evening (9 pm). In the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Inter Milan awaits the Madrilenians for a new edition of this European classic.