Spanish La Liga NewsVinicius Junior is getting in shape by the end of the season
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Against Real Sociedad he tried 21 dribbles, the highest number since this statistic was recorded in LaLiga. He is the one who best handles the ball in Europe.


His performance against Real Sociedad

Vinicius was seen against Real Sociedad. Among the inexplicable fact that such a match ended with a thin 0-0 scoreline, a piece of information was submerged that may explain the level of confidence that the Brazilian is reaching. Vini attempted 21 dribbles, the largest number of dribbles attempted by a LaLiga footballer since Opta, a specialized data company, began collecting these statistics, back in 2005-06. The 20th Madrid player improved the happiest facing days of the three players who held the record until last Sunday: Messi (20 attempts against Mallorca in 2007), Joao Cancelo (also 20, for the ex-Valencian player against Sporting in 2016) and Mehdi(Another 20, in his case with Granada against Athletic, also in 2016). Vinicius managed to complete nine of those 21 attempts, but especially left three for the gallery. One as soon as the game began, a spectacular shot at Zubeldia in the 9th minute and in the continuation, now with very little angle, the shot placed from him went wanting to lick Remiro’s post. Precisely the txuri-urdin goalkeeper was the great impediment for Vini to leave through the front door . He made three stops, the most from Madrid.


Vinicius Junior loves dribbling past defenders

Vinicius enjoys going for a run into space or carrying the ball close to his foot. He is the LaLiga player who generates the most value with driving and is also the one who best drives the ball in the five major European Leagues. He has carried the ball more than anyone (217 times) generating more value (actions that end in a goal) than Neymar and Mbappé. Many ingredients that did not quite come together in some action that unbalanced the game. Despite this, Ancelotti surrendered to Vini’s great match. “If he had scored, it would have been a show. Despite that, it has been very good, with a lot of continuity , ”analyzed the coach. For him, the unbalancing effect of Vinicius is a fundamental part of the offensive gear because the fear that it generates in the rival swirls double assists on the 20 and that allows players like Benzema, Rodrygo and Valverde to find more loopholes.