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How Real Madrid could line up against Dortmund in the absence of French midfield star



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With the UEFA Champions League final just a fortnight away, Real Madrid were dealt with a massive blow last week.

Aurelien Tchouameni, arguably one of Real Madrid’s most important players this season, suffered a stress fracture in his foot last week and is a doubt for the UCL final against Borussia Dortmund.

Tchouameni has been a rock in Real Madrid’s midfield this season. His ability to seamlessly transition between defensive midfield and centre-back has provided crucial tactical flexibility. His absence not only weakens the midfield but also the defensive unit.

How Real Madrid can line up without Tchouameni

As far as the Champions League final is concerned, the most likely scenario involves a midfield pivot of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. This pairing offers experience and control, but it raises concerns about defensive stability, especially against a dynamic Dortmund attack.

Eduardo Camavinga, the young French prodigy, could potentially be deployed alongside Kroos and Modric in a three-man midfield.

Camavinga should serve as the holding midfielder, tasked with the responsibility of nullifying creative players such as Julian Brandt.

Camavinga will have to play a more important role in midfield (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

The most significant impact of Tchouameni’s absence might be felt in central defence, though. The club are without the services of David Alaba while Eder Militao is far from 100%.

That is why Tchouameni was almost a regular in defence alongside Antonio Rudiger.

But with Tchouameni out, Nacho Fernandez is expected to partner Antonio Rudiger at the heart of the backline.

While Nacho is a reliable defender, Tchouameni’s ability to cover for attacking full-backs like Dani Carvajal was a valuable asset.

Real Madrid’s backline might have to tighten up its communication and positioning to compensate for Tchouameni’s defensive presence in midfield.

Full-backs Carvajal and Ferland Mendy will also need to be disciplined in their attacking runs to avoid leaving the centre-backs exposed.

One thing is certain: Real Madrid will need to adapt and find a solution to replace Tchouameni’s presence on the pitch.

The Champions League final hangs in the balance, and how Ancelotti navigates this Tchouameni problem could be a deciding factor in securing Real Madrid’s 15th European crown.

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  1. Afrika

    May 15, 2024 at 8:02 pm

    Real madrid played so many games without Tchouameni and won whoever will be selected will do the job

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve



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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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