Rodrygo strikes again to become Real Madrid's second top goalscorer

Tanya Simon
December 14, 2019

Zinedine Zidane joked his Real Madrid side would not have any problems beating last year's winners Liverpool at the past 16 of this Champions League.

Madrid finished second in Group A, five points behind Paris Saint-Germain, meaning they will be drawn against another team's winners, possibly Liverpool's Premier League leaders Jurgen Klopp.

It has been far from a stellar campaign so far in this season's Champions League from Madrid, with just three wins from its six group games.

"We are happy with the victory and with the way we played", he said.

More entertaining, he added: "There is nothing we can do about the tie". "We had difficulty with our game since they usually play with five at the back and, today, they played with four".

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The Catalan giants now sit third in the league, just one point behind Real, who have one game extra to play. Messi thinks those mixed results display that the strength of the teams across the league has improved.

Both goalkeepers were forced into excellent saves inside the opening 15 minutes; Alphonse Areola used his legs to keep out Percy Tau's close-range effort, while Simon Mignolet pawed over Luka Jovic's drive that capped a flowing move. Club Brugge had their merits, but we dominated the second half.

Rather than being envious of Rodrygo's impressive start to life at the Santiago Bernabeu, though, Vinicius is pleased for his team-mate.

"I really don't believe he feels missing", the Frenchman said. "He has played little and a player needs to play a lot to be well. I left Brazil very early and I'm working hard to do great things".

Los Blancos travelled to Brugge with nothing in risk and with the idea of giving some rest to key players and, at the same time, give opportunities to others use to be on the bench. "He has to play, it's true".

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