When Vinicius Jr. is in rhythm, there is no better footballer in the world than Carlo Ancelotti. In his eyes, Vinicius is the best footballer in the world today. Not only this, according to the Real Madrid coach, the next 5 best footballers in the world also play in his team.
The topic though was Kylian Mbappe. Whether or not this PSG forward will come to Real Madrid, the speculation has started again for a few days. Ancelotti was also asked about the French star’s move to Real after Real’s big win over Girona on Saturday in La Liga. But the real coach is not interested in talking about anyone outside his team.
“He plays for another team. Our team has the best footballers in the world. He (Vinicius) is the best footballer. When he plays like that and goes on the field with that mentality, he’s the best footballer in the world. This is my personal opinion.”
If Vinicius is the best in the world, then who is the second best? Not just one, Ancelotti quickly named the next best 5, “Bellingham (second best), Rodrigo third. Fourth is Kroos, followed by Valverde, Camavinga. It was a relief to be on the bench for Real Madrid today.”
Vinicius led Real with a wonderful goal in the match against Girona. He took a shot from outside the box after receiving the ball from the left side. A shot from about 25 yards eluded the goalkeeper and found its way into the net at the far post.
Jude Bellingham scored twice, Rodrigo scored one. Real defeated Girona 4-0 on the way to the league title. The gap could have been bigger if Joselu had not missed the penalty.
Although Bellingham scored two goals, Vinicius was the man of the match after playing well throughout the match. The 23-year-old Brazilian star told Real Madrid TV that he was satisfied with the performance.
“We did everything the coach asked us to do. When this team wants to play like this, we’re hard to beat.”
“Normally I don’t have many shots from outside the box. But I was confident today and it worked well.”
Coach Ancelotti’s voice was also full of satisfaction with the team’s performance. He has to work with a broken team due to the injury of one footballer after another. Especially the defense is running with a bang. They did not have Militao, David Alaba, Nacho Fernandez, Antonio Rudiger. The center backs are played by Aurélien Tchouaméni, who is primarily a midfielder, and Dani Carvajal, who is primarily a right back.
But these did not affect the field performance at all. Rather, the coach feels that the team has been motivated to do better because of the injury problem, “This was our best match of the season. Everyone played very well. Challenges are what have enhanced the quality of the team.”
In this victory, Real retained the top spot with 61 points in 24 matches. Zero is the surprise of this season with 56 points in two matches.
Ancelotti said before the match, the result of this match will not decide the title. Now, however, he is saying something else. However, the real coach is not even floating with excitement from 5 points ahead.
“It’s a big step towards the title. Girona are a very good team. They haven’t lost at home. So this win is great for us.”
“We are in a good position, we are doing well so far. We are still ahead in the points table. But we are not too far ahead. If we lose one match, draw another, the gap will close. We have to do the work.”