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Vinicius reflects on Real Madrid’s season: “Would trade my goals for another UCL final”

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Vinicius Junior was recently included in La Liga’s Team of the Season, along with four other Real Madrid players.

But the Brazilian international has admitted that he would have traded all his goals and assists for the season just so that he could succeed in the UEFA Champions League.

“I would trade all my goals & assists to be in another UCL final,” Vinicius said in a recent interview with ESPN (h/t Madrid Xtra).

The attacker’s comments come just a few days after Real Madrid’s humiliating defeat to Manchester City in the semifinal of the Champions League. The 5-1 aggregate defeat to the English champions poured water over Vinicius’ dream of retaining the UCL title.

“Everything I did this year just to not win the UCL & La Liga is a little frustrating for me,” said Vinicius, after Real Madrid also finished behind Barcelona in the race for the league title.

Vinicius has indeed been involved in 44 goals in all competitions this term – making him one of the most productive players in Europe. Unfortunately, his contributions did not translate into success for Real Madrid, who were a distant second in La Liga.

The Spanish giants were doing well in the Champions League, but a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Manchester City shattered their dreams. Vinicius himself was not up to the mark in the second half, notably getting outclassed by Kyle Walker, who was quite vocal after the win.

The Brazilian, though, is not ready to give up and has assured he will keep improving, in order to benefit the team. “I want to keep evolving and improving my numbers but always for the benefit of the team,” he said.

With just a few weeks remaining until the end of the season, Vinicius will indeed look to perform well in these final few matches and end the season on a positive note.

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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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