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Friday, June 21, 2024

LA LIGA RIGHT-BACK NAMES REAL MADRID SUPERSTAR AS THE TOUGHEST OPPONENT HE HAS FACED

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Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr. has won a host of fans at a young age. His antics on the field may be questionable to some, but his quality and professionalism rightly earn him the limelight wherever Los Blancos play.

Injuries have not been kind to the 23-year-old this season, but that has not stopped him from making an impact on the team’s run. He already has four goals and an assist to his name in La Liga with another four goal contributions arriving in the UEFA Champions League.

Couto’s rapid-fire

In a recent media interaction, Girona’s young right-back Yan Couto was put through a gruelling rapid-fire routine where he was asked to fire through some hot questions.

As part of the same, the 21-year-old Brazilian was asked who the most difficult attacker he ever faced was (h/t Madrid Xtra), to which he replied, “Vinicius Jr”.

While admitting that the Real Madrid star was the most challenging opponent he had ever defended against, he also shared his admiration for his compatriot’s skills as he once again names Vinicius as his favourite player with whom he has exchanged kits.

Amongst other questions in the routine were to name a club he loved but did not play for and his childhood idol to which he replied Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo respectively.

It is certainly intriguing, considering that Real Madrid have set sights on Couto as a possible transfer target to reinforce the right-back slot.

Part of a special team

Couto’s evaluation of the best winger he has come up against is significant considering the imperious form his team have been this season.

After all, Girona are level on points with Real Madrid halfway through the season with their only defeat so far coming against the Merengues.

When the two leaders faced off last year, Couto was faced with the direct challenge of stopping Vinicius Jr.

The Brazilian winger, however, was unstoppable, providing two key passes, creating a big chance and completing 100% of his long balls attempted.

If the trend of both teams continues in the same manner, the next time the two Brazilians face-off could well be decisive directly in the title race. Source: madriduniversal.com

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