Rodrygo Goes is clearly one of Real Madrid’s greatest hopes. Signed from the clutches of Barcelona in 2019, the 20-year old is slowly growing into an important player for Zinedine Zidane.
The Brazilian had been his coach’s go-to right-winger on UEFA Champions League nights, that was until disaster struck in December, and he suffered a pretty nasty hamstring injury. But he’s now back, and involved as ever, and during the international break, the former-Santos man sat down with Real Madrid TV to discuss a variety of topics, including the league title race: “Everybody is seeing that we fight until the end in every match. Real Madrid’s badge indicated that we are going to fight until the end, no matter how many points behind Atletico or Barcelona we have, we always fight,” said the forward.
With five goals and five assists in 12 appearances, one competition in which Rodrygo clearly shines in is the Champions League. Questioned about the upcoming quarter-final tie with Liverpool, he replied: “They will be a very tough opponent, we’re all training hard now for what is ahead and we’re hoping we can advance to the next round. Every match is important but in this moment of the season the matches are crucial. It’s a different feeling which makes us want to play and perform well, these are special games for sure.”
FIFA breaks are historically not good for Madrid. Injuries can often hurt key players when they’re out on duty with their national teams, but Rodrygo is more worried about it disturbing the team’s rhythm: “This week without games is a bit bad for us because it stops the momentum and groove we were carrying, but at the same time it gives us days to train hard and gain confidence so that we can be even better. I hope we can keep performing well when we’re back, we never give up.”
Zidane has often been the target of criticism when it comes to his handling of both Rodrygo and his countryman Vinicius Junior. But the Brazilian explained the Frenchman has a plan for every player, including him, whenever he gets out onto the pitch: “Zidane tells us to press high but stay organised, the same for the defenders. It’s better to press high because that way we’re closer to their goal and don’t have to run 50 meters to defend, it’s better for everyone,” concluded the talented forward.