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Real Madrid superstar opens up on his golazo vs Espanyol: “It’s a play that I train a lot”

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Real Madrid secured a crucial 3-1 victory over RCD Espanyol earlier today at the Santiago Bernabeu. The win meant that Carlo Ancelotti’s men snapped a three-game run without one in all competitions.

There were a number of solid performers for Los Blancos on the afternoon at the Bernabeu, but it was the Brazilian duo of Eder Militao and Vinicius Jr that stood out the most.

After Real Madrid had gone behind early in the game, it was Vinicius who sparked the comeback by scoring a stunning equalising goal halfway through the first period.

The 22-year-old forward produced a sublime finish after making a piercing run from the left flank to breach the Espanyol net, lighting the spark that led to the comeback win.

Speaking to the media after the game, Vinicius reflected on his stunning strike against Espanyol and said (h/t RealMadrid.com):

“It’s a play that I train a lot, but in the games, it’s always a little more difficult because there are many players with me. Today I did well and I am very happy.”

Talking about Real Madrid’s ability and mentality to come back from situations like they were in against Espanyol, the Brazilian added:

“We have peace of mind to get out of a disadvantage. Whenever we get into a situation like this, we go out very easily. I would like to win the games more easily, but that’s what it is and we have to keep working to do great things this season.”

The winger also thanked the fans for the support that they showed the team at the Bernabeu, while also talking about how special he feels playing for a club like Real Madrid.

“Thanks to the fans for having come so many. We hope that on Wednesday there will be even more,” he said.

“I am very happy with the fans, the coach, and for playing in the biggest team in the world, I am very lucky. I have to keep working and improving to help all these people who love me very much.”

Looking forward to the next game against Liverpool, Vinicius added: “Good feelings for Wednesday. We have to continue like this, defend well, and go out to win the game.”

While Vinicius had a largely positive game, he was on the receiving end of yet another yellow card, with the referee’s decision raising some eyebrows.

“Referees don’t give fouls and they don’t give yellow cards. Players can foul me 15 times and, in the end, when the game is in the 88th minute, the referee gives a yellow card,” he said (h/t ESPN).

“Players have to think of a way to stop me, and, by doing that [committing fouls and not being punished], it becomes very easy for them. I don’t judge the players, but I judge the referees, because they have to apply the rules correctly.”

The Brazilian added that he was not looking for protection but more consistency from the officials, while also adding that he himself needs to keep his head clear.

“I’m not asking for anyone to protect me. Nobody has protected me in my life, except my teammates, my parents and the people that like me… What I have to do is to try to keep a clear head,” Vinicius said.

“Obviously, I make mistakes sometimes, I’m only 22 years old. I’ll make a lot of mistakes. But I want to make fewer mistakes and try to keep learning.”

Talking about the racist chants he has suffered over the course of the ongoing campaign, the winger added: “I wish it could be brought to an end. I wish I didn’t have to talk about it every time I do an interview. But it’s a very difficult subject.

“Maybe some people who suffer racism aren’t as calm as I am, and don’t have the support I do. It can affect people a lot, but you have to keep a clear head.”

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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