Real Madrid, Vinicius Jr: "Dribbling opponents is easier than scoring goals"

The Brazilian admits he's better at knocking out defenders than regularly finding the back of the net.

Real Madrid star Vinicius Junior has admitted he finds it easier to dribble past opponents than to score goals. Vinicius has established himself as a regular member of Madrid's starting XI since arriving from Flamengo in 2018, helping them win three trophies during that span, including a La Liga title. However, the Brazilian's performance in the final third has often been called into question, with the winger now admitting he's better at knocking out defenders than finding the back of the net.

"I like to dribble, and I think it's easier to do than score goals," the Brazil international told El Pais. "I'm more in control and know I'm pretty good in individual situations because defenders tend to guess and think a lot when they're against me." Vinicius has already racked up 102 appearances in all competitions for the Merengue, with his last outing in the 2-1 La Liga win over Elche on Saturday.

The 20-year-old has only scored 12 goals so far but has managed to deliver 20 assists for his teammates and is expected to play an important role for the club in the future after signing a contract until 2025. Karim Benzema is the player who has benefited the most from Vinicius' impressive dribbling skills at the Santiago Bernabeu over the past two years, with the young Brazilian providing high-quality assists.

Vinicius says the Frenchman, who is currently fifth in Real Madrid's all-time top scorer's list, is still available to give him advice on how to develop his game and hopes he can start scoring goals more. regular. "Karim Benzema is amazing, I have been a huge fan since playing in Brazil and watching their matches," he added of Benzema's influence.

“Playing with him is easy, he's the best striker right now, playing with him is good for me because it means having an idol by my side. He always tells me what to do and he also likes to play. with me. I always listen to him because I'm sure he does it so that I can improve myself and provide him with more assists and also so that I can score on his assists, "the international concluded. Brazilian.

Vinicius Junior will try to demonstrate once again all his talent and this time to find the net against Atalanta this Tuesday evening in the round of 16-second leg of the Champions League where the Brazilian will probably start in the absence of 'Eden Hazard, injured, on the left side of the attack to accompany Karim Benzema.