For its entry into the Spanish Championship this season, Real Madrid won in pain on the lawn of promoted Almeria, thanks to a sublime free kick from David Alaba (2-1). For the occasion, Carlo Ancelotti had decided to trust the young people and leave Luka Modric and Casemiro on the bench. The new recruit, Aurélien Tchouameni, bought for more than 100 million euros last summer, was present in the midfield with his compatriot Eduardo Camavinga.
However, the ex-Monegasque’s La Liga debut didn’t really go as planned. Aligned in a sentry position behind Kroos and Camavinga, the 22-year-old midfielder had a complicated evening, where he was jostled by the defensive block of Almeria. Statistically, the French lost four important balls, won only three duels and lacked technical accuracy to break the opposing lines. “Tchouameni doesn’t really know where he is, he’s a bit lost, he doesn’t know where to stand”could be heard on Partidazo Cope “The architects are on the sidelines. There’s Modric and Ceballos. I will add them in place of Tchouameni and Camavinga. Tchouameni does not convince me”also ensures the SER padlock.
Carlo Ancelotti did not spare him
A performance below expectations, after a lot of expectations around him and his last sublime performances with Monaco last year. After the meeting, Carlo Ancelotti also admitted that he had not been up to it, even if he was not in his preferred position. “I’m happy with the game even if it wasn’t spectacular. Aurélien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga did not show the quality that I see in training, it’s normal, this jersey is very heavy.he recalled at a press conference.
“The young people did not play as they know how to do. I know, I see them every day in training, they are not used to playing like this. They didn’t do anything wrong, but they can do much better.”, added the Italian, who did not hesitate to take him out shortly before the hour mark to bring Eden Hazard in his place, while Real was trailing 1-0. There is therefore still a lot of work before being able to dislodge the experienced midfielder Modric-Kroos-Casemiro.