LazoGanadores de Champions LeagueOtro
Ajax - Real Madrid

Stunning piece of play that sends Vinicius Jr top of this term's assists charts


NEWS | 13/02/2019

"You're going to have to suffer if you're to win the Champions League and the team is prepared for that", stated the Brazilian, who was key to the first goal.
Vinicius Jr. once again played a decisive role in the side's win over Ajax, in which he teed Benzema up to open the scoring after some fine play down the left flank. The Brazilian, who in this sequence of play became the team's leading assist provider, latched on to a ball over the top from Reguilón, ran at his defender and drove into the area, before feeding the French hitman, who broke the deadlock at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Vinicius Jr.,who has found the net four times, has seven assists to his name this term: two in the Champions League and five in the Copa del Rey. He is followed in the standings by Modric and Odriozola on six and Bale and Benzema with five.

Speaking at the final whistle, the forward commented: "We were really made to suffer, but that's what you have to expect if you want to win the Champions League and the team is prepared for that. We performed better after the break and managed to get the win, which is the important thing. We need to switch our focus and play better. When everyone is available, the player that starts the game will do their best to ensure we win. Benzema has helped me a great deal since I joined and I just try to do my best".

Nacho: “Scoring two away goals is crucial”
“Ajax were great, they press a lot, and if we can take something positive, it’s the result. Scoring two away goals in this kind of competition is crucial. VAR is always a positive if it is there to help and it is important that there is parity in all situations. In football you need to know how to be strong and Ajax did that tonight, but we are really tough mentally, we are Real Madrid and we know how to get up after those tough blows, we have real quality up front”.

Nacho: “We are Real Madrid, we know how to defend ourselves and we have quality up front”.

“At first, we were in a tough place, we lacked confidence, but now it is quite the contrary. It is important that all of our players focus because we have some big games coming up and we are fighting for all the trophies. Real Madrid are always respectful, but on this run of wins, our rivals see that we are fighting for everything and that we don't lack that spark”.

“The important thing is the win and that Sergio has reached 600 games. He is an example for us all and I hope he plays many more games here”.

“I have known Karim for years and no one doubts his quality, this has been a brilliant year for him. I am happy that he is showing his class and I hope he keeps on helping the team, it really boosts us”.

Vinicius Jr.
“He is showing that he is a Real Madrid player. He is young but has some spectacular talents, a lot of the time he rescues us. He is really fast”.

“He is doing really well, I hope he keeps scoring decisive goals for us and helping us. The coach has shown us that we will all have our moment to shine throughout the season, all of these players are important and when someone who is not a regular plays, they show their skill like tonight”.