Ancelotti hails 'special' Rodrygo after Real Madrid star's winner

‘His apprenticeship is over’: Carlo Ancelotti hails ‘special’ Rodrygo after his winner against Real Betis kept up Real Madrid’s winning start in LaLiga – and believes the Brazil star, 21, is now ready to kick on

  • Carlo Ancelotti hailed the versatility of Real Madrid’s Brazilian striker Rodrygo 
  • Rodrygo scored Real Madrid’s winner in Saturday’s 2-1 win against Real Betis
  • Italian coach believes Rodrygo is now ready to kick on as a key member of team
  • Striker played key role in defeating Chelsea and Man City in Champions League

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti believes Rodrygo has finally proved himself at the club after the Brazilian scored the winner in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Real Betis.

The La Liga champions maintained their 100 percent start to the season with Rodrygo coming to Los Blancos’ rescue after Betis winger Sergio Canales equalised to cancel out Vinicius Junior’s opener for Ancelotti’s side.

The 21-year old’s winner midway through the second half separated the two sides that occupied the top two places in La Liga before kick off and Ancelotti lauded the versatility of his young striker.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti described Brazilian starlet Rodrygo as a special striker

Rodrygo fired Real Madrid’s winner in Saturday’s 2-1 victory against Real Betis at the Bernabeu

‘He is a special striker for me because he can play in all the positions,’ Ancelotti said of the Brazilian. ‘He is quick, clever without the ball, effective in one-on-one situations. His apprenticeship is over and he is now a Real Madrid player to all intents and purposes.’

Rodrygo was linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu last season with the starlet struggling for game time.

But things turned around for the striker when he made match-winning impacts from the bench during Real’s incredible run to Champions League glory last season.

Rodrygo celebrated his winner against Real Betis with new midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni 

Rodrygo was a 78th minute substitute in the quarter final second leg comeback against Chelsea, scoring the decisive goal in extra time to see the Spanish giants through to the semi-final.

He did it again in the semi-final second leg against Manchester City. When thrown on in the 68th minute, the Brazilian scored twice in the final minute to force extra time with Madrid eventually prevailing.

The Brazilian scored two goals to help Real Madrid beat Man City in the Champions League

The next step for Rodrygo is to step out of the shadow of Vinicius Jr and Karim Benzema and start to regularly provide goals for the champions of Europe.

Real Madrid begin the defence of their Champions League title when they travel to Celtic on Tuesday night.

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