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Vinicius Jr. reacts after being named Real Madrid Player of the Month for January: “We are in good shape”

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The first month of 2024 proved to be quite a fruitful one for Real Madrid as they won the Spanish Super Cup, defeating arch-rivals Barcelona 4-1 in the finals.

Vinicius Jr. was the star of the show for Los Merengues on that night in Riyadh, shining brightly with a match-winning hat-trick.

Overall, the 23-year-old enjoyed a productive January, soon after returning from a spell on the sidelines due to an injury.

And, due to his contributions – five goals in six games – Vinicius has been named Real Madrid’s Player of the Month for January.

Vinicius happy with form, aiming for trophies

After being honoured with the Player of the Month Award for January, Vinicius spoke to Real Madrid’s official media channels and expressed his gratitude to the fans for always supporting him.

“I want to thank you for the affection you have always shown me and I hope we can continue to win a lot of things,” said the Brazilian international.

Dazzling as usual. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Discussing his form since returning from injury, the 23-year-old added: “I’m very happy with everything I’m doing after my injury. To be back in good shape and to help my teammates is a tremendous joy.”

As for the direction that Real Madrid are headed in, Vinicius said: “We are in good shape and we have to continue like this until the end of the season to win great things.”

Solid returns despite injuries

It must be noted that Vinicius has had two spells on the sidelines this season due to injuries. Despite that, the 23-year-old continues to produce excellent returns in front of goal.

In 22 matches in all competitions this term, the Brazilian has netted 12 goals and set up seven more, playing a key role in Real Madrid enjoying a strong run so far.

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Real Madrid identify two major areas of threat from Borussia Dortmund

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The players in the Real Madrid dressing room are well aware that they are considered the favourites for the upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

According to journalist Jorge Picon, the team’s performance in the final stages of the season has boosted their confidence and everyone in the squad believes they have a great chance of winning the final.

Despite this, though, there are some concerns about one player and two potential threats from the opposition. 

Now, Real Madrid are good at handling the pressure that comes with being the favourites, but they know that Dortmund are a team that cannot be underestimated.

Real Madrid aware of the threat Dortmund pose

This confidence, however, does not translate into arrogance. Real Madrid understand that Dortmund have the ability to cause them problems. 

To address this, manager Carlo Ancelotti must focus on two key challenges: dealing with offensive transitions and defending set pieces.

Dortmund are not a team that exert high pressure on their opponents, but they are very dangerous on the counterattack. 

Borussia Dortmund are very dangerous in set pieces. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

They play a direct and vertical style of football, relying on quick, few-touch plays to move the ball up the field. Instead of building play slowly from the back, they often utilise Mats Hummels’ ability to make precise long passes to players running behind the defence.

In terms of set pieces, Dortmund pose a significant threat with their tall players, as Niclas Fullkrug, Mats Hummels, and Nico Schlotterbeck are all over 1.90 meters tall, making them dangerous targets during corner kicks and free kicks.

Dortmund’s forwards are quick

Speed is another factor that Real Madrid need to be wary of. This is because Karim Adeyemi is a particularly fast player who can break through defensive lines with his runs. 

He usually plays on the wing and can switch sides with Jadon Sancho, but Adeyemi is considered Dortmund’s main offensive weapon due to his pace and ability to exploit spaces. 

While Sancho is also a skilled dribbler who can take on defenders one-on-one, Real Madrid has two reliable full-backs in Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy who will be tasked with stopping him.

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