Ahead of Real Madrid‘s Champions League game against Viktoria Plzen, temporary coach, Santiago Solari, didn’t give any clues about his starting XI, but he did take time to praise Vinicius Junior.
With two wins under his belt already, another for Solari could see his candidacy for the position full-time enhanced.
“I want Vinicius to be a fully-fledged first-team player but that process has to be given gradually,” he said to reporters at his pre-match press conference.
“He has things to learn and he is very young, very fresh, but he has things that are not normal at his age.
“When it’s inevitable, a player will end up playing.”
Real are favourites to win the tie in the Czech Republic, though they’ll be without a few players because of injuries.
“It’s always very nice to play this competition which is linked and inseparable to the history of our club,” he continued.
“When the anthem plays, we all get excited.
“Regarding player recovery, the solutions and the problems of football are just one thing.”
At present, Solari still doesn’t know if he will be in charge after the international break, or whether he will be back coaching Castilla.
“You can only see one link in the chain at a time,” he added.
“And that’s Wednesdays’s match.
“I’m committed to this role for a day or a week.
“We’ve done things well and other things could be improved.”