With the qualification ensured and the lead of the group out of reach, Zidane decided to rotate the squad in Belgium against Club Brugge and he probably enjoyed what he saw from the Brazilian pearls that left good indications for the future.
Rodrygo is a true matador
The young Rodrygo of only 18 years of age has only arrived this season, coming from Santos, but he has been leaving excellent signs, especially in terms of his efficiency near the goal, and he made that clear once again with an excellent finish from inside the box, only within reach of really skilled players from the technical point of view.
All of that in 11 appearances this season reflect an efficiency superior than half a goal per match, and we have to highlight the fact that on several occasions he came in as a substitute.
After standing out for Santos in 2018 and 2019, it was natural to see him heading to a big European club, but what has been more impressive about him is his coolness in front of the opposing goalkeepers on his debut season in European football and with the shirt of the merengue colossus.
Vinícius Júnior doesn’t want to fall behind
The other Brazilian youngster on the attack of Real Madrid has been struggling a bit more to impose himself this season, although he is already on his 2nd season at the club from Madrid.
On his first season playing for Real Madrid, Vinicius scored 5 goals in 30 matches on all competitions and he left good signs for the new season. However, things haven’t been going well for them at this start of the season with his countryman Rodrygo reclaiming more prominence.
But the former Flamengo youngster returned to his goalscoring ways recently, although it was only his 2nd goal of the season after 13 matches, which is a clear sign that he has been presenting a very inferior goalscoring efficiency when compared to his new teammate Rodrygo.
Nos vemos en octavas. ¡HALAMADRID! ⚽️🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/BaZajQguGU
— Vinicius Jr ⚡️ (@viniciusjr) December 11, 2019
On the other hand, the characteristics of Vinicius Jr. are a bit different from Rodrygo’s, since he is more of a pure winger that doesn’t always explore the goalscoring situations.
The truth is that Zinedine Zidane has 2 rough diamonds here that can offer him great moments of joy in the near future and the French seems to be the ideal man to promote their step-by-step evolution in the following years.
He launched the two youngsters at the same time on the win by 3-1 in Brugge and once again he left the idea that he will give the two youngsters several opportunities of playing with some consistency throughout the season, something that can be essential for their development and affirmation on the merengue side.
Éder Militão also wanted to prove himself
Still analysing the new set of Brazilian youngsters that recently arrived at the Santiago Bernabéu, it is important to highlight the fact that the former FC Porto defender Éder Militão has also been on the starting line-up in that match, despite being a shadow of Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos so far this season.
The qualities of the former São Paulo defender are well known, but he has been struggling to assert himself as a certainty for Los Blancos.
His versatility that allows him to also play in the wings is an advantage that Zizou can utilize throughout the season, but the truth is that Real Madrid currently two has two valid options for each side which means that Militão might really have to wait for this kind of encounters to play as a starter on the centre of defence – as the 3rd best central defender of the roster.
Everything still wide open in Spain and in Europe
After a somewhat inconsistent start to the season, Real Madrid has stabilized in terms of results and they seem to have conditions to fight for the competitions they are playing on.
In the Champions League, they’ve finished in 2nd place of the group behind PSG and they might have a big colossus ahead of them already on the 8th finals, although Zidane looked optimist, saying that even if they draw Liverpool, they will have to eliminate them.
Round of 16 line-up ✅
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) December 11, 2019
Domestically speaking, Real Madrid is sharing the lead of La Liga with Barcelona and they will have an important match at Camp Nou already on December 18th, against their great rivals on the heavily anticipated “El Clasico”.
Right now, Barcelona continue to be the clear favourites to win another La Liga title with odds of 1.40 on 1xbet, but Real Madrid is perfectly in contention with their current odds of around 3.00 on the main bookmakers.