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Ancelotti defends Real Madrid midfielder after Espanyol win: “Wasn’t an easy game”

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After a run of three games without a win, Real Madrid secured a 3-1 comeback victory over RCD Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier today.

Joselu opened the scoring for the Catalan club, but Los Blancos bounced back from the early setback as Vinicius Jr and Eder Militao scored in the first half. Marco Asensio then added a third in stoppage time to add more sheen to the scoreline.

The victory means that Real Madrid have now reduced the gap to league leaders Barcelona to six points, although it could rise to nine with the Blaugrana playing Athletic Club tomorrow.

Speaking after the game, manager Carlo Ancelotti acknowledged that it was a complicated game for his team, but insisted that the Merengues controlled the match well.

“Yes, especially since the beginning was not very spectacular, then we came back, we controlled well, it was a good game. We needed to win yes or yes, we won it, now the next one,” Ancelotti said.

The Italian tactician also commented on the performance of midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, who had a mixed game as he was sloppy on the ball on several occasions. But Ancelotti defended the Frenchman, saying:

“He lost some balls but he’s very good. It wasn’t an easy game for him today. He prefers another type of game.”

With an important week coming up with matches against Liverpool and Barcelona, the Real Madrid manager said:

“The matches are all complicated, whatever the rival is. We must look at ourselves, we need the three points, a very important week begins, with the Champions League and Clásico.”

Real Madrid have a three-goal cushion over Liverpool heading into their UCL tie next week. But Ancelotti said that the tie can be tricky and his team cannot let their guard down.

“I hope we can prepare well for Wednesday’s game, which can have a lot of traps, and we have to avoid them,” he said.

On the team’s overall performance, Ancelotti added: “Today we did better in the face of a closed defense, we had more mobility in front, especially on the right, mobility was better. We scored three goals, the control was good.”

The manager was also seen chatting with the referee at half-time, and giving an insight into what he said to the official, he revealed:

“I didn’t understand it, it wasn’t an action of a promising attack. I didn’t understand it, but it’s okay. I don’t understand the yellow cards they give him, sometimes he protests, but his attitude has been exemplary, he scored a fantastic goal.”

Source: MARCA

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France set for major boost as Real Madrid midfielder closes in on a return

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After a long wait, the European Championship is finally underway, with one of the tournament’s favourites Germany opening the competition with an emphatic 5-1 win over Scotland.

Another favourite to win the Euro 2024 is France, who will be in action on Monday as they take on Austria. One of the talking points heading into this game is the fitness of Real Madrid superstar, Aurelien Tchouameni.

The Frenchman had picked up an injury late into the 2023/24 campaign, which notably saw him miss the UEFA Champions League final. It was thought that the midfielder would miss a chunk of the Euros as well.

Tchouameni available for France’s group stage games

However, it appears Tchouameni has made a remarkable recovery and could be in contention to feature in France’s group-stage matches.

That is according to AS, which suggests that coach Didier Deschamps is counting on the midfielder to become available sooner rather than later.

Aurelien Tchouameni will soon be available for France. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Although Tchouameni has been ruled out for France’s opening game against Austria, the player is hoping to feature in the two remaining group matches against Poland and the Netherlands.

Up until this point, Tchouameni completed individual training sessions with France’s physical trainer. But recently, he was able to join the team’s training session ahead of the Austria game.

Tchouameni’s return could serve as a massive boost for France. Even though Les Bleus already have a stacked midfield unit, coach Deschamps is a huge admirer of Tchouameni and had backed him to get fit the moment he picked up an injury.

Deschamps, after all, did not opt to replace the Real Madrid star with another player.

France, of course, will have to proceed with caution, knowing the youngster has just recovered from his injury. But they can be hopeful of the player taking part as the tournament progresses.

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