Carlo Ancelotti hailed Vinicius Junior as “one of the best on the planet” after Actual Madrid dumped Liverpool out of the Champions League.
- Actual Madrid ousted Liverpool from UCL
- Vinicius arrange Benzema for second leg winner
- Ancelotti shares striker’s harm replace
WHAT HAPPENED? The Brazilian winger shone in each legs of the spherical of 16 tie towards Liverpool because the Reds suffered a 6-2 combination defeat. He scored twice within the first leg at Anfield three weeks in the past and supplied the match-winning help to Karim Benzema within the 78th minute of the return leg. Madrid supervisor Ancelotti singled Vinicius out for reward after his aspect’s 1-0 victory at Santiago Bernabeu and expressed his perception that the 22-year-old has reached the very prime of the sport.
WHAT THEY SAID: “For me, he is one of the best on the planet,” Ancelotti informed reporters after the match. “Right now he did not rating, however he performed very properly and supplied a aim.”
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Benzema returned to the beginning XI towards Liverpool after sitting out a La Liga conflict towards Espanyol final weekend. The striker mixed with Vinicius to hassle Liverpool’s defence all through the match however was seen pulling up whereas celebrating his aim after Virgil van Dijk crashed into him within the build-up. The Frenchman was taken off quickly after however Ancelotti is hopeful that it isn’t a critical knock. “It is a blow, nothing extra. I hope there will probably be no issues,” he said.
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DID YOU KNOW? Vinicius is one in every of solely two gamers to have each scored and assisted 10-plus targets (13 targets and 10 assists) throughout the final three editions of the Champions League, alongside Kylian Mbappe (21 targets and 11 assists).
WHAT NEXT FOR REAL MADRID & LIVERPOOL? Los Blancos will return to motion towards Barcelona in an enormous Clasico conflict in La Liga on Sunday, whereas Liverpool are set to face Manchester Metropolis on April 1 after the worldwide break.