Champions League: Vinicius Junior lauds Carlo Ancelotti for personal growth

Real Madrid will face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final

By Web Desk
May 27, 2024
Vinicius Junior (R) with Carlo Ancelotti. — AFP

Real Madrid's star attacker Vinicius Junior praised his head coach Carlo Ancelotti for personal growth saying the Italian did everything for him when he needed it the most.

Vinicius joined Madrid in 2018 and became a first-team player soon enough. But the Brazilian struggled greatly in front of the goal as despite doing good as an all-round player.

However, the arrival of Ancelotti in 2021 changed the fortunes for the Brazilian as he scored 20 goals for the first time in his career during the Italian’s first season where Madrid also clinched La Liga as well as the UEFA Champions League.

Talking to UEFA, Vinicius credited Ancelotti for chancing him as a player when at times he didn’t want to.

“He's done everything for me. He's always given me confidence, and told me off when I needed it, and we've developed a very good relationship. He cares about me as much as I care about him,” Vinicius said.

“He's changed me as a player, not on the pitch, but in the way I think about training and development. He always says that my humility is my biggest virtue because I always listen to the others.

“Whenever I score a goal in a match, I always want my team-mates to score too, so they can be in a better position. I'm not driven by vanity, for playing with the best players, the big stars. Every day he teaches me more and more on and off the pitch.”

Vinicius then talked about the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund which will be played at England’s iconic Wembley Stadium saying that the goal is to win the title and then start thinking about the next one.

“It's very exciting to represent this club, one that is driven by this competition. I'm happy to be able to get on the pitch wearing this shirt, have great results and to have scored in the 2022 final, but I want much more. Obviously, we need to think about the next final, always focus on the next game. But after this final, I want to win another one, and another. We must be ready for this game, we must prepare ourselves very well for such an important moment that will crown a brilliant season,” he added.