Karim Benzema praised Vinicius Junior for his performance at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu’s 5-2 victory against Celta Vigo. The Frenchman, Benzema would have been the star of the show, as he scored three goals and got an assist. However, Vinicius Junior was Real Madrid’s other key man, and he scored the goal that Benzema set up. Vinicius Junior also won the penalty at the 87th minute, allowing the veteran french striker to smash his first LaLiga hat trick goal since April 2019.
Vinicius Junior Excellent Performance at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Vinicius has dribbled at least 11 times in a single LaLiga game this season. That is a figure that only Nabil Fekir tallied in a single Spanish LaLiga match this term against Cadiz. Vinicius caused a lot of havoc by frequently running at the Celta Vigo defense.
The Brazilian winger scored at the 54th minute marking his fourth goal of the 2021-22 season, which is a personal achievement for an individual campaign at Real Madrid. He appears second only to Karim Benzema, who has scored five goals for the club.
Vinicius Junior has been seen as a source of frustration for his teammates. The 21-year-old winger seems to deliver his best performance, and Benzema is excited about his improvement. Benzema told Movistar that he likes playing with Vinicius by referring to him as the “phenomenon.”
Benzema can give him advice because he knows what the winger is going through. Vinicius supports the team a lot. His help is of great importance, which he consistently demonstrates through his pace, skills, and ability to play for Real Madrid.
With Celta Vigo Taking the Lead in First Half, Karim Benzema Came to the Rescue
The visitors (Celta Vigo) led the first half with goals from Santi Mina in the 4th minute and Franco Cervi in the 31st minute. Real Madrid managed a single goal in the first half from Karim Benzema in the 24th minute. It looked like the hosting team would cause an upset after the tight first half. However, the crowd witnessed an ultimate thumping comeback in the second half.
The French Footballer scored two times. The first goal came from an excellent cutback delivery by Fede Valverde and the second from a beautiful cross from Miguel Gutierrez at the 46th minute. Karim has scored five goals in four Spanish La Liga match appearances this season, which shows he’s still one of the top players at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and the whole of Europe.
At the back, there was an awkward mix-up between Casemiro and Nacho Fernandez that led to Celta scoring before the visiting team carved them open in the second half.
Carlo Ancelotti Echoed Benzema’s Sentiment but Was Also Eager to Share His Praises
Carlo Ancelotti (Italian Football Manager) was eager to share the praise and delighted by the exhibition produced by his forwards, with the Italian pleased. He said he’s happy for Vinicius because he is in a great place. Vinicius Junior has a high level of quality in his game and is playing at a very high level.
Vinicius isn’t the only player. Benzema was fantastic during the game. Every forward player, including Luka Modric, gave a parried shot that enabled Camavinga to score at the 72nd minute, and Miguel Gutierrez made an excellent forward attack. Carlo Ancelotti mentioned that he had good taste in his mouth, thanks to the fans. The supporters encouraged and pushed the players. That was when they were down in the scores in the first half of the match.
The sloppiness in the defense loses balance giving the visitors two goals in the first half. He also mentioned improving the defense in the coming matches. The match was incredible with a lot of good things happening.
Carlo concluded that without the ball, we are not as good as possible, but no one can hurt us with the ball.
Tribute at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu to Former Real Madrid’s President Lorenzo Sanz
The club gave the best tribute to their former president Lorenzo Sanz and all the other club officials and former players who passed away during the COVID-19 pandemic. Emotions filled the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu stadium, and Lorenzo Sanz’s family was acknowledged through gestures.