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Vinicius Jr names Barcelona ace as ‘the best defender he has ever faced’

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During his post-match interview after Real Madrid defeated Chelsea 2-0 in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg last night, Vinicius Jr dropped some special praise on Ronald Araujo, naming the Barcelona defender as the best defender he has ever faced.

Vinicius Jr was once again the star of the show for Real Madrid against Chelsea last night, dropping yet another Man of the Match display, as he set up both his team’s goals on the night.

And during his chat post-match, the Brazilian international interestingly chose Araujo as his toughest opponent so far, saying (h/t SPORT): “The best defender I have ever faced is Araujo. He’s very strong and very good. That’s why he plays for Barça.”

Araujo and Vinicius have been involved in some entertaining duels in recent El Clasico encounters as Xavi Hernandez has resorted to using the former as a right-back to tackle the Brazilian’s threat.

Barça and Araujo have enjoyed success with the tactic, with Vinicius having not been at his best in some of the meetings against Barcelona. So, it does not come as a surprise that he has named the Uruguayan as the best defender he has faced.

During the chat, Vinicius also commented on Carlo Ancelotti and his links to the Brazilian national team and said he hoped to be coached by the Italian at both club and international levels.

“For me, Ancelotti is the best coach in the world. If he is going to coach me at Madrid or in Brazil? I hope it will be in both places,” he said.

Vinicius also showed his commitment to Real Madrid as he said: “Hopefully I can stay here forever,” amid talks of a new contract that will run until 2027.

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown

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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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