One and another and another. Vinicius has gone in a few months from still being a promise to one of the most important pieces of Real Madrid. 17 goals and 13 assists, numbers that few predicted for the Brazilian at the beginning of the season. He started as Ancelotti’s substitute and only needed two games to convince Ancelotti and become an immovable player for the Italian coach. The 21-year-old Brazilian will play his 19th game almost in a row against Sevilla. Of the last 20 games for the white team, came Only Granada’s visit to the Bernabéu was lost due to suspension (1-0).
Vinicius has been a starter in 41 of the 46 whites’ games. Only Courtois (44) and Militao and Alaba (42 each) have been in Ancelotti’s initial plan more times. He is the fourth player with the most minutes in the total count of the season, behind the three who also precede him in starts. But taking only data from 2022 (1,618 minutes of Vinicius), he beats his compatriot Militao by two minutes (1,616′).
Ancelotti has been asked on several occasions about the advisability of giving him some rest. The coach has always responded that, appealing to the player’s youth and the physical parameters they handle internally, he didn’t need it. Carletto He has shown that he not only defends that thesis with his words, but also with his actions. In the last twelve games (those he has played in a row since the game that served the suspension), Vinicius has played at least 80 minutes in each of them. The five between PSG’s round of 16 and the first leg of the quarterfinals against Chelsea were played in full. The 38 minutes that Ancelotti saved him with the substitutions he made up for with the 25 that he played in extra time against the team blue.
*Data updated as of April 14, 2022
This Sunday he returns to a stage where he shone in previous seasons. Pizjuán and Sevilla already know how they spend them came. Last season he gave Nervión the subtle touch that rebounded on Bono to give Madrid the victory. This season, in the first round, the Madrid comeback (2-1) at the Bernabéu culminated in the 87th minute to move the Seville team seven points off the lead at that time. Vinicius doesn’t stop.