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Vinicius talks following 10/10 performance vs Bayern Munich



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Even though he might not have scored a goal on the night, Vinicius Jr. was the star of the show for Real Madrid on Wednesday night as they beat 2-1 Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu to make it to the finals of the UEFA Champions League.

The Brazilian superstar was all over the Bayern Munich defence throughout the game, especially in the second period, as he tore the likes of Joshua Kimmich and Matthijs de Ligt to shreds with his speed, dribbling, and movement.

In fact, Vinicius forced the opening goal as it was his shot that Manuel Neuer spilt for Joselu to score the equaliser.

Having won the Man of the Match award in the first leg against Bayern last week, the Brazilian was again presented with the award last night.

“We once again put Real Madrid in another final, today we play for our injured teammates, for our family, for the Bernabeu and we play for this shirt that always does incredible things,” said the winger after the game.

Vinicius also thanked Real Madrid president Florentino Perez for bringing him to the club, saying:

“This stadium and this shirt again. Presi, thank you for bringing me to the best club in the world.”

The Man of the Match. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Expressing his gratitude to the fans for their support, he added: “It is a dream to be able to play football at Real Madrid. I was in Brazil, the other side of the world.

“I was able to make history with this team, with my family and with these fans who I love very much and who always support me.”

On Real Madrid’s habit of coming back after going behind to opponents, he added: “I don’t think the fans and our families can stand this kind of matches where we concede and come back later on (laughs).”

On what it means to play for Real Madrid, Vinicius said: “I am very proud to wear this shirt and to be able to play so many times in this stadium. This is Real Madrid, we never give up.

“We always believe in ourselves and we know that our fans will be supporting us. That has happened once again and we are going for the 15th.”

Highlighting the teamwork and commitment of the players, he added: “I always say that we want to win at any cost. If I have to go down to defend for my team to win, I’m going to go down. 

“Bellingham and Rodrygo too. We are the ones who have to score the goals, but we went down to go to another final. Like we do all the games up to this point.”

Source: RMTV

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining



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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:


Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.


Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.


The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.


Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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