Vinicius and the mentality factor

Madrid, Sep 14 (EFE).- Where others have crumbled under the pressure, Vinicius Junior had shrugged off doubts about his ability on the pitch and used his mental fortitude to prove himself as the budding sensation he was billed to become.

Four games into the season, the Brazilian has already topped his previous stats, scoring four of 10 attempts on goal in 222 minutes playing time.

Although he started from the bench as a substitute for Eden Hazard, his solid performances have prompted a rethink by coach Carlo Ancelotti, who is now searching for another position for the Belgian.

“It is the result of a lot of work, many hours training in Valdebebas (Real Madrid’s training ground) and working to improve the final touch,” he said during an interview with AS.

“The coach has spent plenty of time working with me at Valdebebas and has been instrumental in helping me improve my game,” he added.

Behind the success, there is also a work structure that includes a physical training session every afternoon at his home, a physiotherapist for post-game recovery, a nutritionist and a supportive family.

“From the first day I arrived, I felt the pressure of having cost €45 million or the pressure of playing for Real Madrid itself. But I only listen to the people close to me and those who I really trust,” he said.

“I play for our fans, for myself, to be happy and content with myself and the club, not focusing on shutting the critics up,” he added. EFE


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