Sun 12 February 2023 | 8:50

Ancelotti: Vinicius makes a difference in every game we play

Real Madrid beat Al Hilal 5-3 at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Morocco on Saturday to win the Club World Cup for the fifth time.

Vinicius Junior scored twice,

Karim Benzema

returned to the pitch after injury and scored a goal, and

Federico Valverde

also managed to score two goals for Real Madrid.

This was Valverde’s tenth goal of the season. In September,


said he would retire if Valverde fails to score at least 10 goals this season.

"I'm grateful because I don't want to retire,"

said Ancelotti, in his post-match press conference.

"He has gone through a very difficult period. Valverde offers us a lot playing on the right.”

Vinicius Junior scored three goals in two games and won the best player of the tournament award. Ancelotti praised the Brazilian winger and said he makes a difference in every game.

"We are delighted for him because we can see he's still improving,"

Ancelotti said.

"He's much more effective now. He scores and makes a difference in every game we play.

"He was hurt by our loss against Real Mallorca last week but was ready to play in this tournament. We'll now go back to Madrid hoping the way he's played in this tournament will give him a boost.

"We know he won't play on Wednesday [against Elche] because he's suspended, so I'll give him a couple of days off which will do him good, even though he isn't showing any signs of fatigue. The opposite is true."

source: SportMob

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