Vinicius Junior was on target again for Real Madrid this past weekend, helping Los Blancos to a 2-0 win against Levante at the Estadio de la Ceramica.
The Brazilian opened the scoring on the day, with Karim Benzema getting the second, and by doing so the youngster bagged his second in consecutive matches.
“Vinicius’ problem is that we’ve signed [Eden] Hazard,” Zinedine Zidane said about the youngster’s lack of prominence last season, but now he’s putting up a fight for a place in the team.
The player is responding.
He’s rebelling against the hierarchy with important goals, goals that have opened the scoring and goals that give Zidane food for thought.
A lot has been said and written about the 20-year-old’s end product.
His supporters have always backed him and claimed that finishing is a skill that he could improve with time, and now he’s showing that to be true.
That opening goal at Levante marked the first time he’s netted in back-to-back matches as a Real Madrid player, following the strike against Real Valladolid which was an important one against a well-organised side.
Now, Vinicius is the top scorer in the Real Madrid squad for the new 2020/21 season, even though it was only his sixth LaLiga Santander goal in 50 appearances since joining the club.
In all, it was his 10th goal in 71 games for Real Madrid and his second in three matches this season.
“I’m happy to score,” Vinicius said afterwards, before admitting that he wasn’t entirely pleased by his day’s work.
“I was in the right place, I couldn’t miss.
“I had more chances and I’ll keep working to help more.
“Levante are a good team.
“We lacked a bit of rhythm, but I think that we’ll come back from the [international] break a lot better.”