What happens on the football pitch often, if not always, reflects the mood of the players off it and that was shown on Saturday afternoon when Gareth Bale struggled again for Real Madrid as Vinicius came off the bench and changed the game.
The Brazilian is joy, youth and speed and has a desire to take over the world, while Bale, on the other hand, represents a grey sadness that Real Madrid had until Vinicius‘ arrival in the second half.
It was not an easy situation for the youngster to come into and the situation was more than dangerous, with the score locked at 0-0 with under 20 minutes to play.
Santiago Solari needed that joy and his last words before throwing the talented youngster on were taken on board – as he went on with a desire and belief that he could change the game.
His presence on the pitch lifted the Santiago Bernabeu and the whistles turned to support for the team.
They still expected Vinicius to deliver and he didn’t disappoint.
Now, he must continue to develop as a player and Bale, too, should return to that normality, which is what turned him into one of the world’s best players to begin with.
Vinicius was the saviour on Saturday, but the role of hero should be Bale‘s, and not the Brazilian’s.