Zidane happy for Rodrygo, Vinicius after Real Madrid teenagers score

Goals from Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Junior pleased Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.

Rodrygo took just 93 seconds to open his account for Real Madrid.   -  Getty Images

Zinedine Zidane was happy for Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Junior after the teenagers helped Real Madrid to a 2-0 win over Osasuna on Wednesday.

Vinicius, 19, opened the scoring with a 20-yard stunner before Rodrygo, 18, marked his debut by netting after coming off the bench in the La Liga victory.

Zidane praised the duo for their impact as Madrid moved a point clear atop the LaLiga table.

"I'm glad for them. Many times we forget that they are 18 years old [sic]," the Madrid coach told a news conference, via AS. "We have seen the emotion they had of scoring in the [Santiago] Bernabeu. I like Rodrygo's goal."

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Vinicius' goal was his first for Madrid since February as he made the most of his third LaLiga start of the season. Zidane said the goal was important for the Brazilian, while he also praised 21-year-old Uruguayan midfielder Federico Valverde.

"I always try to give them confidence because they are very young boys," he said. "We are here for everyone to improve and I'm happy for him [Vinicius] because he needed this goal.

"We will continue now and try to rest well thinking we have a game on Saturday. It has been a good game in everything. Fede Valverde has played a great game and I'm glad because he is very young and has an extraordinary future."

Madrid, which faces Atletico in the derby on Saturday, has won back-to-back games since its Champions League loss to Paris Saint-Germain last week.

Asked if Madrid had returned, Zidane said: "We are working and believe in what we do. Today, we are happy."

'Vinicius and Rodrygo can be Real Madrid stars'

Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes can become key players at Real Madrid, according to Lucas Vazquez.

"We are very happy for the two signings made by the club," Vazquez told Movistar. "They will calmly evolve and improve. They have the attributes to be two stars."

On Vinicius' goal, he added: "We are very happy for him. He is an incredible guy who works really hard. Today he helped the team with the goal and we are happy."

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Zinedine Zidane made eight changes from the team that beat Sevilla 1-0 at the weekend, with Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard among those rested.

"The coach has done the same thing [rotated the line-up] throughout his career, with all the members of the squad. This year will be the same," said Vazquez. "We are happy with the philosophy and I am happy to take advantage of those minutes. I think the victories come from the humility of the group."

Madrid is back in action against local rivals Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.

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