Vinicius Junior: “Real Madrid will keep working to improve”

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 12: Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Real Madrid and CSKA Moscow at Bernabeu on December 12, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Vinicius Junior believes Real Madrid were not clinical in front of goal in their shocking 3-0 Champions League home defeat to CSKA Moscow

The 18-year-old winger was handed his first ever start in the Champions League on Wednesday night as manager Santiago Solari fielded a weakened team with Real already confirmed as Group G winners.

But Vinicius was unable to help prevent Los Blancos from suffering a crushing defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu with CSKA emerging 3-0 victors through goals from Fedor Chalov, Georgy Schennikov and Arnor Sigurdsson.

Although the Brazilian youngster won’t be reflecting on it for long with 19th-place side Rayo Vallecano awaiting them on Saturday in La Liga.

“We tried hard today but we just couldn’t get the goal,” said Vinicius on the club website.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Jose Mourinho is seen in the stands prior to the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Everton FC at Craven Cottage on April 13, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

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“They had three chances and scored three goals. We need to improve our concentration. We lacked a bit of a clinical edge but we’re going to keep working hard to improve.

“We’ve got another game on Saturday to produce a performance and pick up three points”.

“Every player in this team has tremendous qualities but it wasn’t our day today and we couldn’t find the back of the net. The coach has told us we have to improve for Saturday’s game”.

After struggling for game time earlier this season, Vinicius has now made eight appearances for the senior team at Real.