Vinicius Junior was thrilled after playing a role in both goals that helped Real Madrid take a commanding 2-0 lead in their quarter-final match against Chelsea
Vinicius Junior praised Real Madrid’s performance against Chelsea in the first leg of the quarter-finals as one of their top displays this season. The defending champions secured a 2-0 lead, and Vinicius played a crucial role in both goals. Real Madrid managed to knock out Chelsea in the same stage of the competition last year. But it was a close call.
Despite Chelsea having some chances, Real Madrid were considered heavy favorites against the struggling Premier League team. The difference between the two sides was evident on the pitch, with Real Madrid having the upper hand. Although Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois made three saves, Real Madrid’s Kepa Arrizabalaga was busier, making eight saves and conceding two goals.
Marco Asensio scored the second goal of the match in the 74th minute, after Karim Benzema had opened the scoring. Benzema’s goal came from a parry by Chelsea’s goalkeeper, off a shot by Vinicius Junior, whose pass then set up Asensio’s goal.
Vinicius revels in the excellent display against Chelsea
Vinicius may have had an outstanding performance, outdoing Reece James and Wesley Fofana in four of seven dribbles attempted and winning eight of 13 duels contested. However, Vinicius was pleased to acknowledge the team’s overall strong performance. This is despite the fact that the tie is not yet fully settled.
“We played very well indeed, pressing all the time just like we did at this stage last season,” Vinicius said, as reported by UEFA.com. “This was one of our best performances of the season.
“But this is only half-time. There’s a lot left in this tie. We just need to keep calm heads.”
Real Madrid played more than 30 minutes with a numerical advantage as Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell received a red card. Despite dominating the match, Madrid may have been frustrated that they didn’t win by a bigger margin.
“There were lots of spaces for us to push into. And obviously being Real Madrid, we always want to score more goals,” Vinicius added.
“We know that an away game against Chelsea can be difficult. Now we just rest a bit and keep a clear head.”
Vinicius Junior signed with Real Madrid during a period when the team went three years without a Champions League win.
However, now, with the team having won the competition last season, he is looking to help the team win a second straight title. Real Madrid are the competition’s most successful club with 14 titles and are aiming for their 15th.
“Any player who wears this shirt for Madrid knows how special the Champions League is,” he said.
“Especially in the Bernabeu with this fanbase behind us, they light up for this competition.
“If you play for Madrid, you have to be driven by the hunger to play in and win the Champions League.”