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.”
La Liga president says Real Madrid won’t have issues with Mbappe salary, praises Bellingham: “Best in the world”
Javier Tebas may be at war with Florentino Perez over the Super League, but the La Liga president has always been a vocal supporter of Real Madrid.
Not too long ago, he spoke extensively about Real Madrid’s possible signings of Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies, going as far as to state that the Frenchman might have already signed a deal with Los Blancos.
Speaking at the Football Business Summit in London recently, Tebas once again unravelled many questions about Real Madrid’s financial situations while also touching upon Kylian Mbappe and Jude Bellingham.
On finances and Mbappe
He began by praising Los Blancos for navigating their finances with utmost caution during the crucial years of the pandemic in addition to their splendid revenue generation as revealed by Mundo Deportivo.
“Real Madrid have had a very optimal management, before, during and after the pandemic. Madrid have been earning an average of €30 million per year in the last ten years at least.”
“I don’t know what they are going to pay Mbappé, but knowing their financial situation, they are not going to have a problem paying him. I think it will be much less than what PSG pays him,” he added on the speculated arrival of Mbappe.
Speaking about how Real Madrid are able to make such massive signings while other clubs in the league continue to struggle to meet La Liga’s spending limits, the league president said,
“They have removed two large salary burdens in recent years, Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale. And then they incorporated players with not-so-high investments.
“Real Madrid have then had great benefits, they achieved a significant reduction in the salaries of the players.”
Tebas further stressed the fact that Real Madrid’s financial situation was so rosy that they could invest massive amounts in squad reinforcements without facing any repercussions for the same. He insisted that it was not a bias in any way but a reward for a team that managed situations well.
“We can’t limit the one who is doing well. According to January data, Madrid could invest €700 million euros in transfers. They will not spend that at all, but the situation is so good that they could.”
Praise for Bellingham
Finally, the Spanish administrator praised Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham for his imperious form this season and went as far as to call him the best player in the world.
“Bellingham is currently the best player in the world, for his fitness and his way of playing. It is very important for us to have the best, even if you don’t always have everyone, to grow and for everything.”
“If we are all honest, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations and we hope that he will continue like this for many years,” he concluded.