Real Madrid: Ancelotti lets loose on Tchouameninga


By: Manu Tournoux

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti was very convinced by the performance of Aurélien Tchouaméni as central defender this Thursday against Alavès.

After Eduardo Camavinga tested as left back, it is the turn of Aurélien Tchouaméni to pay the price for the tactical changes of his coach Carlo Ancelotti.

It must be said that the Real Madrid infirmary is never empty, including Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, Camavinga, Vinicius Junior and David Alaba, who was injured against Villarreal last Sunday.

The former Bordeaux player was therefore forced to play in the central hinge on Thursday during the Madrilenians’ victory against Alavès (0-1). A performance which impressed the Italian technician who was full of praise for it.

“He has the qualities to be one of the best in this position,” judged the Mister at a press conference, after the success of his team in Vitoria-Gasteiz. I’m sure he’ll get angry, but Aurélien is great as a central defender. Tactically, he is very good. He brings out the ball well, as few know how to do. He is lucky to also be able to play in this position. »

At a press conference, before the match against the Basques, the former Everton coach was also guilty of a revealing slip of the tongue by mixing the names of the two French internationals, thus calling the Rouennais: “Tchouaméninga”. An error undoubtedly linked to the versatility shown by the two 2022 vice-champions, despite themselves.

“Tchouaméni does not like playing in this position (central defender, editor’s note), just like Camavinga does not like playing left back,” Ancelotti said. He knows that in an emergency he will play there for one or two matches, but his future lies in the pivot role. »

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