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RB Leipzig manager wary of the threat posed by Vinicius Jr: “You have to be careful”

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Real Madrid will lock horns with RB Leipzig later tonight in the UEFA Champions League at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Merengues have won all their matches so far this season across all competitions and will be hoping to extend that run when they come up against the Bundesliga outfit.

And a lot will be riding on the young shoulders of Vinicius Jr, who has to don the mantle of being Real Madrid’s main attacking threat in the absence of captain and star striker, Karim Benzema.

And, RB Leipzig manager Marco Rose, who took over the reins of the club only last week, is well aware of the threat that the 22-year-old Brazilian dynamo will pose.

Speaking to the media ahead of the game (h/t AS), Rose admitted that Vinicius will be a handful for his team to deal with, as he said: “He is a young player, he has continued to improve and is decisive. He shoots at goal and if one is not aware he scores goals. 

“We already know how he plays, that he looks for depth, that he is good in duels. It is difficult to defend him. He’s a very good player and you have to be careful with him.”

At the same time, Rose added that it would be foolish for RB Leipzig to focus so much on Vinicius that they ignore the other quality players that Real Madrid possess, saying:

“We have to avoid that at all costs. Not only Vinicius there are other players who have to be covered with very special qualities. Even if Benzema is missing, there are other players like David Alaba who are dangerous.”

Further talking about Vinicius and how he tends to get under the skin of opposition with his box of skills and trickery, Rose insisted that the Brazilian has loads of technical quality, but his team can stop him.

“Vinicius is excellent. He is good at a technical level, but we know what is coming at us, how he moves, that he looks for depth and it is difficult to defend him. If we do it well, we know we can neutralize him,” he said.

At the same time, he also named several other players who can pose problems for the German outfit, saying:

“There are others who are also very complicated: Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, David Alaba… Guys we know and we know make an excellent team. Valverde has just scored a goal leaving seven people behind.”

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Real Madrid defender on the radars of Juventus, could leave for €6-8 million

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Real Madrid are looking towards a heavy splurge in the coming summer transfer window. After all, they do not even have another option given the sheer number of player departures already finalized.

Los Blancos have lost the services of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard over the past week. While three of the four players predominantly featured on the bench, their presence in the squad gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side much-needed depth and a cushion of sorts.

The forward unit is, thus, the most prioritized department ahead of the transfer window. However, pieces are beginning to fall apart on other fronts and could potentially put the club in a difficult situation.

According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus are eyeing Lucas Vazquez and hope to sign him in the coming month. Contacts between the two parties have begun and the transfer fee discussed appears to be around the €6 million to €8 million ballpark given that he has just one year left on his contract.

The player, for his part, is willing to sign for the Italian giants given his relative lack of minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu. At 31 years of age, he understandably does not want to play a second-fiddle role.

Vasquez played part in 23 of Real Madrid’s 38 La Liga games last season, starting only on 12 occasions. Even in his few appearances, he averaged a mere 50 minutes per game.

The veteran completed the season with four goals and an assist to his name. Further, he averaged five defensive actions and a key pass in every game and feels hard done by his limited role.

Vazquez’s departure would place the club in a tricky situation as it would leave Real Madrid with only Dani Carvajal as a natural right-back option. Nacho Fernandez could, in theory, serve as the backup but a new signing for the position cannot be ruled out.

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