Thu 09 February 2023 | 8:58

Ancelotti: Vinicius has shown again what he is, and that is a great player

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti praised Vinicius Junior's performance against Al Ahly in the Club World Cup.

Real Madrid

 beat Al Ahly 4-1 in the Club World Cup semi-final on Wednesday. They will face Al-Hilal in the Club World Cup final on Saturday.

Vinicius Junior

 who has been the target of racist abuse in some matches in Spain this season, scored one goal in this match.

Before the match, Carlo Ancelotti said racist abuse of Vinicius is a problem for Spanish football and, after the match, praised the Brazilian forward.

"He likes to play football to the best of his abilities wherever he is, always,"

Ancelotti said.

"Today, he's always tried. He played a complete game, he was always dangerous and he scored a fantastic goal.

"He's been the Vinicius that you've seen in many games. He has shown again what he is, and that is a great player.”

When Real Madrid was 2-1 up, Luka Modric missed a penalty, but Rodrygo and Sergio Arribas scored in stoppage time for the European champion.

"I have to choose better shooters,"

Ancelotti joked.

"Sometimes they fail. Luka usually does well, and you have to choose the best. I have made it quite clear: Karim [Benzema], Modric and, when the others aren't there, [Marco] Asensio [are the main takers].

"It's difficult to train on penalties. The environmental factors cannot be replicated in training.”

The 21-year-old Sergio Arribas scored his first goal for Real Madrid's senior team in this match, but Eduardo Camavinga is the only player aged under 21 who has played for them in La Liga this season.


insisted the youth academy is very important for Real Madrid and said they have not forgotten the young players.

"The youth academy is a very important aspect, no one forgets the players from the youth academy,"

Ancelotti said.

"But we must bear in mind that it's not easy to give them minutes because the level of the first-team is very, very high.

"We are evaluating [the young players], they are progressing. The academy coaches are doing a great job, and [the young players] will soon be in the first team.

"But this squad has won the Champions League – it's a very good squad."

source: SportMob

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