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Has Vinicius Jr taken the next step? Deconstructing his two goals vs Levante

Raj uses his coaching & skills science acumen to illustrate two key skills underlying Vinicius’ goals from the weekend

Levante UD v Real Madrid CF - La Liga Santander Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Brazilian starlet Vinicius Jr came off the bench vs Levante to score a brace, draw a red card from the Levante goalkeeper, and salvage a point in a wild, back-and-forth match that ended in a 3 -3 draw. The performance from Vinicius will certainly create momentum for the winger to crack Carlo Ancelotti’s starting XI moving forward with the winger already having equaled his scoring total of three goals from last year.

More impressive than the two goal output was how the goals were scored with Vinicius displaying key skills that may potentially unlock his finishing in the attacking third, an area where he’s certainly struggled at times. I detailed that in the following video:

Madridistas will certainly hope for more games like the ones they saw over the weekend with a confident, decisive Vinicius making a significant impact on the outcome of the match.


Dr. Rajpal Brar, DPT has a doctorate in physical therapy from Northern Arizona University, and runs his own in-person and online sports medicine and performance business, 3CB Performance, in West LA and Valencia, CA in which he further combines his movement expertise and fitness training. He also works at a hospital — giving him experience with patients in the immediate healthcare setting and neurological patients (post stroke, post brain injury) — and has been practicing for 4 years. Brar is additionally training at UCLA’s mindful awareness research center (MARC), has a background in youth football coaching and analyzes Los Blancos from a medical, skills, and fitness perspective for Managing Madrid and on his own YouTube Channel. You can follow him on Twitter at @3cbPerformance.