Before the coronavirus-enforced stoppage of football, the 19-year-old was simply in XI. Because Eden Hazard was injured, and Gareth Bale continues to neglect his duties.

Vinicius deserves to be in Zidane’s starting lineup

Vinicius Junior has never been so worthy of a starting place in Real Madrid’s lineup. Before the coronavirus-enforced stoppage of football, the 19-year-old was simply in XI. Because Eden Hazard was injured, and Gareth Bale continues to neglect his duties. No one doubted that the Belgian return would see Vinicius go down to the bench, but he understood that it was his turn to be necessary. That is why Vinicius used the three-month absence of football to work hard to return as an aeroplane. He succeeded. Real Madrid’s new reality is that the Brazilian deserves to be one of the first names on the list of Zidane’s team, based on his last two appearances. Against Real Sociedad, Vinicius was the best player of Los Blancos from start to finish.

The football he played at the Reale Arena was repeated at home to Real Mallorca. This time, unlike in San Sebastian, Hazard came out in the starting lineup. Zidane had never before placed Belgians and Brazilians in the same XI. Vinicius’ drive, combined with Hazard’s quality, led Zidane to choose a team full of forwards because Bale and Karim Benzema were next to them. Mallorca can indeed take risks since Los Blancos has not been able indeed to cut the Balearic Islanders on too many times. However, Vinicius opened the scoring, hit the crossbar, and showed him an essential asset in this Madrid team.