Copa Del Rey joy was not there
After the burst of joy that the return of the Copa del Rey semifinals at the Camp Nou meant for Real Madrid, it was time to return to the sad reality, that of the League, the one in which Madrid has been disconnected for a long time . The title is a utopia, all that is left at stake is second place and pride. But against the Submarine, the white team again saw seams in defense and in attack that perception returned that, at many times, Vinicius was too alone. A phenomenon that cannot be repeated this Wednesday against Chelsea, in the first leg of the Champions League quarter finals. The Brazilian striker was, by far, Madrid’s best attacker against Villarreal. He scored the second white goal, participated in the play of the first and left with an offensive participation that brought him closer to omnipresence: he finished off five times, gave 27 good passes out of 30, served two potential assists, won 16 games out of 23, He recovered three balls , was the object of nine fouls and attempted 12 dribbles, of which he was successful on six occasions.
Vinicius is coming back for everything
A sin that cannot be allowed against Chelsea, since Vinicius is the undisputed leader of the Madrid attack in this Champions League. He is their top scorer (6 goals), also the top assistant (3) and commands most of the continental tournament’s offensive statistics: he is the player who has shot the most (31 times), the one who has done it the most between sticks ( 17, once more than Haaland and Mbappé) and the one who has completed the most dribbles (53). He is the lighthouse that guides Madrid in Europe. It remains for the team to hope, as Ancelotti and some players insisted after the duel , that the first league defeat at the Bernabéu was nothing more than a bad dream in a competition that is no longer anything but a necessary hindrance and that they return against Chelsea a version much closer to that of the second part of the Camp Nou.