Eduardo Camavinga iterated his desire to taste more success in the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid ahead of their opening game of the 2023/24 campaign against Union Berlin.
The 20-year-old midfield prodigy won the coveted trophy during his debut season with Real Madrid back in 2021/22 and is eager to recapture the glory.
“I want to play and win the Champions League, I’m really looking forward to it,” he said at a press conference ahead of the UCL clash tomorrow night.
However, staying realistic, the midfield prodigy added: “I’ve been here for two years and I’ve already won the Champions League. It’s normal that people want us to win it, but it’s not always possible.”
Real Madrid have slowly begun the transition in their midfield department, with the youth taking over from veteran stars Luka Modric and Toni Kroos this season.
Speaking about the riches in the midfield unit, Camavinga said: “We are young and it is good for the club. We have two legends like Kroos and Modric and we have a great future.”
On his increased role in the team, he added: “It’s a pleasure for me to play in place of Modric and Kroos, to show that I can play for them and to have the confidence of the coach.”
Talking about the budding camaraderie between the young players at the club, he added: “We youngsters have the same mentality, we like to do things together off the pitch and that helps on the pitch.”
“I get on well with Jude, Vini, and Aurélien, who are young like me. I want to learn from everyone, especially Luka and Toni.”
The French international also spoke about tomorrow’s opposition Union Berlin and the challenge they will present, as he said:
“Union Berlin is a team that plays with a lot of strength and intensity. It’s going to be difficult. They play a lot of long ball and it will be difficult.”
“We will have to be patient and intense. We will have space and we will have to score goals,” he said.
During the summer transfer window, there was a lot of talk about Kylian Mbappe joining Real Madrid. While he ended up staying at PSG, there is already speculation that the Frenchman will arrive at the Bernabeu next year.
When asked about his compatriot’s potential transfer to Real Madrid, Camavinga said: “I didn’t talk to him about his arrival. You know more about it than I do.”
Camavinga also spoke about the areas of his game that he would like to improve, saying: “I know I’m lacking in goals, I have to improve in that area.”
During the last season, the 20-year-old had to fill in at left-back on several occasions in the injury-enforced absence of Ferland Mendy.
Camavinga admitted that he did not entirely like playing there but is ready to contribute to the team wherever needed.
“I’m a team player and that’s why I played left-back, I don’t like it but you have to do it for the team and it gave me experience,” he said.
Manager Carlo Ancelotti had named Manchester City as the favourites to win the Champions League this season earlier today during his presser.
However, Camavinga insisted that Real Madrid are always favourites in the competition, stating: “Madrid will always be favourites for the Champions League because we have great players.”
Source: Mundo Deportivo
Real Madrid defender taken off with an injury against Las Palmas
There just does not appear to be any respite from injuries for Real Madrid.
Just when it appeared that they were close to having their full squad – barring the two long-term absentees – the Merengues have been struck down by fresh injuries this week.
Arda Guler, who was on the cusp of being named in the squad for the Las Palmas clash, injured himself in training on Tuesday.
And now, during the game against Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have lost key defender David Alaba to an injury.
Close to the 40th-minute mark, Alaba went down on the ground clutching his leg and appeared to be in quite a bit of discomfort.
Soon enough, the medical staff arrived to take a look at the Austrian and seconds later he was off the pitch and straight towards the tunnel.
Lucas Vazquez came on to replace the injured Alaba, with Nacho Fernandez moving into the centre-back position alongside Antonio Rudiger.
Alaba’s injury leaves Carlo Ancelotti with just two fit centre-backs in Rudiger and Nacho, which is set to be a matter of great concern.
The hope will be that Alaba’s condition is nothing serious and that he is able to mount a quick recovery.