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Vinicius Jr failed to show his best for Brazil U20s.

Vinicius Jr's highlights for Brazil U20 vs Colombia show he still has a long way to go

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With the appointment of Santiago Solari, it seems Real Madrid's awful start to the season has finally taken an upwards turn.

The Argentine himself is not so sure - when asked if the crisis was over, he joked:

"You don’t know Real Madrid, do you? We live in a permanent crisis, even the day after we win a Champions League title."

It's hoped the club's newly-installed boss will at least right some of the wrongs of the albeit short Julen Lopetegui era.

That includes his treatment of the immensely promising Vinicius Jr. 

It didn't take long for Lopetegui to become embroiled in a power struggle with Florentino Perez and Vinicius was at the heart of it - simply put, the president wanted him given regular minutes, while the manager believed he was too "raw".

On several occasions, it appeared Lopetegui was deliberately making a point, affording him just one minute in the derby against Atletico and leaving him out of El Clasico altogether.

Solari worked with the 18-year-old as part of Real Madrid Castilla so he will no doubt be keen to see him make the step up.

However, he will have been keeping a keen eye on the forward during Brazil U20's two friendlies against Colombia, which ought to have given him serious food for thought.

Vinicius really struggled 

On Tuesday, the Selecao youngsters were held to a 2-2 draw in difficult conditions and it was a particularly torrid night for Vinicius.

Take a look at his highlights below - he lacked composure, couldn't finish, and eventually started a brawl by going down way too easily:

It's disappointing to see, though it's evident he was targeted by Colombia players as Brazil's most high-profile starlet.

Indeed, it's easy to forget just how young he really is. There's plenty of time for him to mature yet.

Solari is doing his best to ease the teenager into the first team gradually.

The 18-year-old has been eased in at the Bernabeu

He has made the matchday squad for three of the four games under the new coach, scoring in the 2-0 win over Valladolid and staying on the bench against Plzen and Celta Vigo.

The European champions are now keeping him firmly under their wing for the rest of the season, refusing to release him for the South American Under-20 Championships, which begin in January.

The prodigy obviously still has a lot to learn. 

Is Vinicius ready for the first team at Real Madrid? Have your say in the comments. 

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