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Vinicius reacts after Real Madrid 2-0 Las Palmas: “Have to keep improving”

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There were multiple storylines in play on Wednesday night when Real Madrid hosted Las Palmas. For starters, it marked the Merengues’ return to winning ways after a small hiccup. It was also the night that saw the team return to the pinnacle of La Liga standings.

Yet, Vinicius Jr.’s return to the field is perhaps one of the key takeaways. The 23-year-old came on for the final 30 minutes and attempted a stunning 6 dribbles in his limited time on the field.

The Selecao star reached his 100th La Liga win with Real Madrid last night and spoke about the same to the media after the full-time whistle.

“These are very beautiful moments and many victories. Reaching 100 so fast with this shirt is very important, but I don’t want to stop here. I want to continue with another 100, 200, or 300 to be in the history of this club. I want to continue winning and adding titles.”

Commenting about the team’s general rhythm in the final third and the performance against Las Palmas in particular, Vinicius said,

“We are all very happy to continue adding and improving. We have to do it this way. Making goals things easier. Today we have taken a while, but in the end, things always come out when we create many chances.”

The youngster was expected to miss eight games through injury initially but worked hard to ensure a return well ahead of time. He commented on his sensations and the process of working his way back to fitness.

“I am very happy to come back after a month. It seems that it is not enough, but for me, it has been hard days of work in the morning, afternoon, and night to get here with my best version. I have to keep improving to get the pace of the game.”

Vinicius also spoke about the feeling of helplessness he felt sitting on the bench through injury and how the medical staff assisted him through the accelerated recovery.

“All doctors and physios are waiting on the injured players so that we can return as soon as possible. It’s sad not to be able to help our team. The work is very hard. We have to do gym, and physiotherapy, but the club gives us everything to do it with quality and as quickly as possible.”

Finally, the Brazilian phenom took a moment to appreciate the fans for all the love showered on him through thick and thin.

“Very happy to receive this affection from the fans. Whenever I come here and put on this t-shirt, or when I go out, the fans love me very much.”

“I am very happy for this and for being back and being able to help. We have to remain strong to win La Liga and the important points that we have left,” he added.

Source: Real Madrid website

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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