Real Madrid winger Vinicius Jr has described Chelsea as a ‘great team’ after the two sides locked horns in the Champions League last night.
He claimed in his post-match interview with the Spanish side that the job is not done despite having a healthy lead to bring with them to Stamford Bridge.
Goals from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio put the defending champions in a commanding 2-0 position at the half-time stage of the tie.
The Blues may even be happy to get out of the match just the two goals down, after Ben Chilwell was sent off in the second half following a Marc Cucurella mishap.
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One player who had an extremely enjoyable evening was Vinicius. Despite previously struggling against Reece James in meetings in the past, the Brazilian got the better of his opposite man last night.
Vinicius praises Chelsea
Whilst not scoring himself, he picked up the assist for both goals, although Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga may feel like he could’ve done better on numerous occasions.
Vinicius has now claimed that he recognises the quality the Blues have, and how difficult going away is in the Champions League.
He said: “We had a lot of space and we wanted to score more goals, but we were playing against a great team. We were eager to score more goals because we know how difficult away games can be. Now it’s time to rest because we have to put in a good performance in the second leg.”
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Chelsea have a Premier League game against Brighton before the make-or-break showdown with Madrid in West London.
Frank Lampard may be tempted to rotate his squad in an attempt to freshen his players to a point where they are ready and raring to go ahead of the quarter-final second leg.