Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has heaped praise on Vinicius Junior ahead of Saturday’s La Liga clash against relegation-battling Getafe.
The Brazilian forward has been a key player for Los Blancos this term, racking up 23 goals and 21 assists in 51 games across all competitions.
The 22-year-old’s injury-free record and phenomenal form make him a reliable part of the Los Blancos squad, proving indispensable on the left flank.
Madrid are preparing to welcome Getafe to Santiago Bernabeu, and the former Flamengo prodigy will be itching to continue his astonishing form this season.
Vinicius has been hailed as one of the best forwards in European football following his performances this season, and Ancelotti emphasised that opinion ahead of Saturday’s encounter.
“Right now, Vinicius, if he’s not the best, he’s there [among the best],” Ancelotti said in his pre-match press conference (via Mundo Deportivo).
“He contributes a lot and is very decisive with assists, goals and hopefully he can continue.”
Vinicius’ consistency has seen him play every game for Ancelotti’s side this season, but the forward could get a well-deserved breather against Getafe.
Despite harbouring hopes of pushing Barcelona for the La Liga crown until the last moment, Madrid have failed to catch up to the champions-elect at the top of the table.
Los Blancos have dropped to third place in the La Liga rankings after losing three of their last six league games, with Atletico Madrid leapfrogging them to the second spot.
With the La Liga crown now firmly out of their reach, Ancelotti’s side will hope to defend their Champions League trophy with a semi-final second-leg clash against Manchester City coming up on Wednesday.
Both sides played out a thrilling 1-1 draw in Spain, and Ancelotti could opt to rest Vinicius ahead of the mouth-watering tie decider at the Etihad Stadium.
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