Already in his presentation as a Real Madrid player, Rodrygo Goes (Osasco, 18 years) attempted to dissociate itself from a shadow known and with whom he maintains a close personal relationship. “Vinicius and I are two young players, two brazilian players with the same features, but don’t make comparisons”. However, since joining the team in June, both Rodrygo as Vinicius have alternated their appearances in the field, which has led to that its performance is questioned permanently from the comparison between the two. This circumstance has also contributed to the willingness of Zinedine Zidane by rotating in different positions, but especially on the left side of the attack on the acting of the two.


Zidane: “If Bale is at Madrid is because it has the illusion of being here,” Rodrygo and the wheel of the fourth attacker

For the match this Wednesday before the Leganés, the French technician has left out of the call to Vinicius Jr. (the second time so far this season), and has included Rodrygo (that adds one more to this course), whom employed beginning in the transcendental game of Champions league against Galatasaray.

“You’ve played here does not mean that your condition within the template there changed,” said Zidane, who has stated on more than one occasion their willingness of the player to swap shares with the first team and the Castilla throughout the season. Rodrygo just played 24 minutes against Mallorca at the meeting prior to the duel of Turkey, where he met for 15 with Vinicius, who celebrated his fourth title of the course. Even so, three days later, he returned to the bench and after playing 11 minutes against Galatasaray not wear short the Wednesday before the Leganés by technical decision.

The good news for Rodrygo also extended to Friday, when Tite summoned him for the first time with the senior team of Brazil for the friendlies that The Canarinhá played against Argentina (November 15) in Saudi Arabia and South Korea in Abu Dhabi (19). “Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity. I only have reasons to thank you for always,” tweeted the player. In that list will not coincide with Vinicius, who was left out, but with his teammates Casemiro and Militão.

The serious injury of Marco Asensio in the preseason, and the continued absences of both Bale as Hazard by different physical problems, have led to Zidane to rotate permanently in attack, where he has proven up to six players different up to the moment: Lucas Vázquez (on four occasions), Isco (1), Vinicius (4), Jovic (3), James Rodriguez (2) and Rodrygo (3). From the white club ensures that both Rodrygo as Vinicius are two players in training and that the club has for the future. Don’t want to overload them and therefore the alternation in their shares that is being carried out Zidane is seen with good eyes.


Goalkeepers: Courtois, Areola, and Altube.

Defenses: Carvajal, Militão, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo and Mendy.

Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde and Isco.

Front: Hazard, Benzema, Lucas Vázquez, Jović and Rodrygo.

Although the own Rodrygo was the first to pretend not to be compared with Vinicius, what is certain is that their numbers are above those of his friend. In 305 minutes that he has played (180 of them with the Castilla in Segunda B), has two goals (one in each category). Vinicius, for his part, in 405 adds a goal and an assist, plus two yellow cards. “I was having a lot, I was not as happy as I am”, recognized Vinicius after scoring against Osasuna their only goal of course, precisely the same match in which Rodrygo it premiered as a scorer in an official match with Madrid. “I have to prove I can play here always,” said the young attacker.

In a week with two parties (the whites are measured at Betis on Saturday at the Bernabeu at 21.00), Zidane maintains the sequence of rotations between Rodrygo and Vinicius, who are still hopelessly attached her present in a team that looks to the future.

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