Vinicius Jr. made his Real Madrid debut against Atlético Madrid in front of the home faithful at the Santiago Bernabéu. The forward came on in place of Karim Benzema and played the final minutes of the Madrid derby. In the aftermath of his first competitive outing, he spoke to Realmadrid TV and had the following to say: "I'm really pleased to have made my first appearance in a Real Madrid shirt. I want to thank all of the players who help me to improve in every training session and [Julen] Lopetegui too. It was a really happy moment for me".
"Right from a young age, I dreamed of playing for Real Madrid, the best team in the world. I'm really grateful for the support from all of the fans. It's a day I'll never forget. There are no words to describe this moment. We deserved the win but unfortanately we didn't manage to convert our chances. We dominated the play but we now have to switch our attentions to the Champions League".