The 20-year-old cannot afford to make such mistakes in Friday’s return match at the Etihad Stadium if he is handed a start ahead of Eden Hazard.
Vinicius Junior had a chance to perform against City
Vinicius Junior had a massive chance in the first leg against Manchester City. But the Brazilian slipped when he faced his compatriot, Ederson. The 20-year-old cannot afford to make such mistakes in Friday’s return match at the Etihad Stadium if he is handed a start ahead of Eden Hazard. Rodrygo Goes and Isco have both used by Zinedine Zidane since the restart. So the inclusion of Vinicius is not a guarantee. If the Frenchman chooses the former Flamengo player, he will be hungry to deliver on the European stage. His only goal to date in the competition came in a 3-1 win against Club Brugge. With nothing on the line for the Spanish champions.
Unfortunately for Vinicius, his standout moment in the Champions League. Vinicius injured in the return leg against Ajax last season, playing in the first and ending his season early. Vinicius’ pace is something that Real Madrid could take advantage of now. Though, and Kyle Walker will go ahead whenever possible, perhaps giving him room to exploit. His ability to open things up for Los Blancos is undeniable. Vinicius will be hoping to have his first big Champions League performance under the Friday lights in Manchester.