Vinicius, to conquer the Wanda

The Brazilian regains faith after his saving goal against Real de Imanol and hopes to start Sunday's 'final' against Atleti del Cholo.


EI September 29, 2018 Vinicius debuted with the Real Madrid shirt, at only 18 years old. It happened at the Bernabéu. Coincidences of the calendar, it was precisely in a derby against Atleti del Cholo. Lopetegui gave him the last five minutes, but they were enough for the stands to roar in two starts from the young Brazilian player.

The white fans knew from that day that Vini was a different player, de-scripted, a differential footballer if you give him confidence and a burden if you ignore him and do not value his natural talent to go one-on-one and to break defensive lines due to his speed and its electrical overflow.

Since then, two years and five months have passed, until his 100th official match in white was consummated on Monday in Valdebebas. He could not celebrate it with a victory but with a saving goal, reminiscent of the one that Higuaín scored against Espanyol in the 90th minute at the Bernabéu, or that of Roberto Carlos to Recreativo in 92 'or that of Van Nistelrooy to Zaragoza in La Romareda in 91 '. They all happened in the famous Burning Nail League (2007). For this reason, many white fans cling to that agonizing goal by Vini against Real to believe that the conquest of the League is still feasible.The point is that Vinicius continues to fight to win Zizou's trust. This season he saved the three points against Sevilla at the Pizjuán and on Monday another against Real. The French coach knows that Hazard is not there (and is hardly expected) and that Asensio is stranded on the hill of his apparent conformity. With the return of Rodrygo, very much liked by Zinedine, the Marseille must get wet. Putting one of the two in the Wanda next to Benzema or even both, in an ambitious 4-3-3 that shows that it is a final in which Madrid can only win. Vini already messed with Atleti in the Wanda forcing a penalty. His dream is to start this derby.

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