During an interview with COPE, manager Julen Lopetegui revealed that he would’ve played Vinicius at Real Madrid eventually.
Now that Vinicius Junior is having this dream debut that people are raving about at Real Madrid, thinking about the massive mistake that manager Julen Lopetegui made by not playing the Brazilian winger keeps coming to mind.
The Spanish manager made the very same errors that other coaches such as Jose Mourinho make with young stars, they fail to understand that players who are at a very early stage of their career keep getting more precocious in modern football and sometimes they no longer need to live a full adaptation process.
Lopetegui wanted to come out and defend himself from criticism against him for not using Vinicius when he nad the chance during his short-lived spell at Real Madrid, but instead of coming back with a good argument he only made things worse.
The Spanish manager had to begrudgingly accept that he would’ve played the Brazilian youngster eventually but he attempted to defend his position of not precipitating his development at Real Madrid.
It’s really no use for him to come out and try to defend his posture, especially when he just keeps going back to the very same ideas that got him fired in the first place.
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— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) February 21, 2019
President Florentino Perez’s request was quite simple for Lopetegui, all he needed to do was to play Vinicius more prominently and the youngster was going to do the rest of the work for him.
But the Spanish manager really felt like his boss was trying to micromanage his work, which is nothing new for a man like Florentino Perez but he was right this time.
Time gave the president reason as Santiago Solari took Lopetegui’s job, the Argentine manager knew how to do things with Vinicius infinitely better and the results are what we are all looking at right now.
We are before one of the biggest revelations in European football this season, there is still no way of knowing how far will Vinicius take Real Madrid this season in all competitions but the next couple of weeks will be crucial for the player as he will most likely face FC Barcelona at the Bernabeu in two different tournaments.
When we look at what Julen Lopetegui had to say in regards to the Brazilian, all we can say is that we think it’s a little too late for him to try and defend his mistakes from a media outlet.
However, we will tell you about what he said during this exchange so you can make an analysis for yourself.
— MARCA (@marca) February 21, 2019
This interview took place on Cadena COPE from Spain, Julen Lopetegui was scheduled to appear in the program and talk about his failed time at Real Madrid.
The most obvious subject of the conversation was going to be Vinicius, this was the main reason why he was booked to appear publicly and the manager didn’t shy away from responding to the questions.
During this exchange, Lopetegui also spoke about the support he got from Isco Alarcon, his possibility of managing a Premier League club, and he also revealed if he would ever accept another offer from Real Madrid (he didn’t specify).
But the Vinicius topic was the most interesting by far: “The time factor is very important in these cases,” said Lopetegui on COPE.
“It’s clear that we are talking about a player who was part of the squad and he also played for Castilla when he didn’t come with us.”
“In the future, if he had shown commitment and good performances, he would’ve played more prominently. If he earned his chance, I think he would’ve played.”
“We are talking about a very talented kid and he was going through stages in a way we understood was the best for him.”
“I won’t tell you if he was ready to start with us. We are all after great players all the time.”
“It was good for him to train with us instead of going on a loan, we wanted him to gain more experience with us.”
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— Vinícius Júnior Daily (@vjrdaily) February 20, 2019
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