Zinedine Zidane ‘held private coaching sessions with Vinicius to improve his decision-making in the final third’, with starlet now playing a central role in Real Madrid’s rise to Champions League semifinals and LaLiga title.
- Zinedine Zidane held private training sessions to help improve Vinicius Junior
- The 20-year-old Brazilian struggled to impress since coming from Flamengo
- Last year, tunnel footage showed teammates criticized the £ 38 million attacker
- However, Zidane has focused on Vinicius’ decision-making in private sessions
- Vinicius scored twice to help Madrid advance to the last four Champions League
Vinicius Junior’s transformation in this campaign can be attributed in part to the private training sessions undertaken with Zinedine Zidane to revive his landmark Real Madrid career.
The Brazilian, 20, has struggled to make the desired impact since joining Flamengo in a £ 38 million deal in 2018, with tunnel footage last October showing Karim Benzema telling his teammates not to send the ball to the youngster. play.
‘Don’t play with him. About my mother’s life, him [Vinicius] plays against us. He’s not doing anything useful, ‘Benzema reportedly told Ferland Mendy, who replied,’ When he gets scared, he loses what makes him great. ‘
Private training between Vinicius Junior and Zinedine Zidane has revived his career
The 20-year-old Brazilian was central to Liverpool’s downfall in the Champions League
However, the 20-year-old is now enjoying his strongest season at Los Blancos, with six goals and six assists for the Spanish giants.
Vinicius’ revival was on full display in Madrid’s Champions League quarter-final victory over Liverpool, in which the Brazilian scored twice to put Zidane’s side on their way to a final four tie with Chelsea.
And according to L’Equipe via Four, the support of Vinicius’s family, as well as private coaching lessons from Zidane, have kick-started the youngster’s career in the Spanish capital.
However, things didn’t all go smoothly for the £ 38m signing in the Spanish capital
Tunnel images last year showed Karim Benzema telling teammates not to pass on to Vinicius
After group workouts were completed, Vinicius would be left with Zidane, who worked to correct and improve the Brazilian’s influence in the final third.
As a result, the 20-year-old’s decision-making has clearly improved, with Vinicius’ fellow countryman and teammate Rodrygo now participating in the tailor-made training sessions.
While VInicius played a starring role in the first leg against Liverpool, he was forced to help Madrid forge an impenetrable path to goal in the second leg at Anfield on Wednesday night when the Reds were left blank and unable to make up their two-goal deficit.
Madrid boss Zidane hopes Vinicius can make a big impact as Los Blancos chases Atletico Madrid in the race for the LaLiga title as the 13-time European champions prepare for their semi-final crunch match with Chelsea .
However, the sessions with Zidane improved his decisiveness and influence in the last third