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Vinicius Jr got his first Real Madrid goal last weekend..

Brazil boss Tite compares strengths of Rodrygo and Vinicius Jr - it's exciting for Real Madrid

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Vinicius Jr finally appears to be up and running with Real Madrid after bagging his first goal and assist for the club this week.

The teenager only played 17 minutes against Real Valladolid last weekend but that was enough for him to get a debut European goal.

His goal earned him a bit more playing time, too, as he got 28 minutes in the Champions League against Viktoria Plzen - more game time than his previous three showings combined.

Vinicius repaid Santiago Solari with an assist in that game and you have to imagine that's enough to get him more minutes against Celta Vigo in Real's next match.

The former Flamengo man clearly wasn't fancied by the previous coach, Julen Lopetegui, but the Spaniard's dismissal has opened the door.

It may have taken a good few months but the fans are now seeing what their €46 million signing is all about.

And in a clear example of Real's transfer strategy, they're about to get a look at another, almost identical signing: Rodrygo.

The 17-year-old Brazilian will arrive in January from Santos for a similar fee as Vinicius Jr, and if fans hope to see him in the first team a bit quicker than Vinicius, they'll be excited to hear Tite's comments.

The Brazilian National Team boss discussed the teenagers in an interview with Globobesporte - and he was quick to point out that Vinicius had been through a tough time with Real.

Vinicius celebrates scoring against Real Valladolid.

“He left Flamengo and was adapting and training with Real Madrid’s first team, although without playing, so it was a difficult period,” said Tite.

“I spoke with [Brazil U20 coach] Carlos Amadeu and he said: 'Vinicius has an incredible ability to attract the media. He is extremely simple and calm at work. But he fascinates the media.’

"He is a great dribbler – a lot of one on one – but he lacks a little lucidity.”

But while Tite believes Vinicius has some work to do on getting his mental game up to his physical one, he doesn't foresee Rodrygo having the same problem.

Rodrygo will join Vinicius Jr at Real Madrid in January.

"Rodrygo has an impressive lucidity," he said. "[Former Santos coach] Jair Ventura told me that he is like a veteran, that he's mature in decision making. He gets between the lines, holds the ball, changes direction - if they give him space, he dribbles.

“It's amazing how he makes decisions, his mental game is that of a player of 25. But he does not have physical strength yet. Vinicius does, although he's more individualistic. But he seems to have a good head, he knows how to listen and evolve."

We'll have to wait and see what Rodrygo can do at Los Blancos but one thing is for sure: Real have an exciting future with these two.

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Tite
Julen Lopetegui
Vinícius José Paixão de Oliveira Júnior
Flamengo
Rodrygo Silva de Goes
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La Liga

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