REAL MADRID forward Vinicius Junior has revealed his toughest opponent after taking on Chelsea’s Reece James.
Following Madrid’s 2-0 victory over the Blues in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter final first leg, where Vinicius picked up two more assists, he was asked which defender he found most difficult to play against.
The Brazilian answered: “It has to be Araujo, who has defended me best. He is very good and very strong, that’s why he plays for Barca”.
James recently revealed that Vinicius was one of the toughest players he’s ever faced.
The respectful sentiment was clearly mutual, with the Brazilian ace naming James as a difficult opponent.
However, last night’s face-off was one to forget for the England right-back.
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Premier League veteran Rio Ferdinand claimed Vinicius showed James “no respect” and explained how “Reece needs to take this personally to see where did he get it wrong”.
Fans echoed this observation, saying the Chelsea full-back, “was torn apart by Vinicius”. While another added: “Vini really owned James”.
Social media fans have also enjoyed the Madrid forward’s cheeky Instagram post showing him racing past James last night, with the Chelsea man tagged in.
Comments included that the England international had dropped a “stinker on the big stage” and that the tag was “brutal” and “did Reece dirty”.
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However, it is understood that the two are on friendly terms and frequently interact online.
Vinicius Jr and James will renew their hostilities next Tuesday when Chelsea host the defending European champions in the second-leg of their last-eight tie.