Benzema: "I believe in Vinicius, he is' top"
Courtois, Vinicius and Benzema, this Tuesday in training at San Siro.MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP

Milan received Real Madrid with a good temperature, but with a somewhat dull sky, leaden at times. Quite the opposite of the light that accompanies Vinicius, suddenly transformed into a scorer. The Brazilian was the first to appear this Tuesday afternoon in training at San Siro with his compatriot Militão and, a little further away, Carlo Ancelotti who, while he was within camera shot, did not stop walking alone on the lawn. , without stopping to brood.

What has happened to the winger in this new season is the existential doubt that monopolized much of the virtual press conference prior to Inter-Madrid this Wednesday (9:00 p.m., Movistar). “The only difference is that it is colder in front of goal. Otherwise, it is the same. Fast and one-on-one, ”said Carlo Ancelotti. “Maybe the time that has passed not so good gives him motivation,” added the coach, who stars in a return to the Champions League loaded with symbolism. He does so with Madrid, with whom he won La Décima, and in San Siro, his stadium with Milan for eight seasons and also home to Inter, his childhood team.

Benzema also had several questions about Vinicius. About a year ago, the Frenchman was caught splitting from the Brazilian with his compatriot Mendy in the Mönchengladbach dressing room tunnel. This Tuesday, however, in the guts of the Italian stadium, he again showed his most educational and leading face: “I believe in him, he is top. I talk to him. If I can help you more, I will. He is young, but he gives us a hand with other things, like his speed, “he said. No one was left without giving an opinion on the winger, not even Simone Inzaghi, the new Interista coach in place of Antonio Conte. “Live a great moment, we will take special care with him without neglecting the rest.”

The four goals by the Brazilian (only two less than in the entire past year) and Benzema’s five have boosted Madrid’s total scoring count to 13 after the first four games. Last season, it took the team twice as many games to reach that number. The attacking improvement is evident; now the task is behind for the white set. “It is a problem for the whole team. We have to see it every day in training, ”said the Frenchman. “Sometimes we get unbalanced,” the white coach regretted again.

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The escape route that Ancelotti appreciates is not seen the same by his counterpart Nerazzurri. “I am concerned about the Madrid organization. We also saw a great team with Zidane. Carlo always gives a good offensive game and, at the same time, brings a lot of organization. We have to concede as little as possible ”, warned Inzaghi.

The Champions League opens for these two teams in a moment of redefinition. The whites attack more and suffer more on defense, while the Italians, champions of Serie A after 11 years, have been forced to start over after the departures of Conte, Lukaku and Achraf, the arrivals of Dzeko and Calhanoglu, and the continuity of the world champion Barella. What happens will be seen by a San Siro at half capacity (about 37,000 people) due to the restrictions of the pandemic.

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