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‘Mature’ Real Madrid wonderkid ready for important role in Ancelotti’s plans

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The departure of Casemiro to Manchester United has left a hole in the Real Madrid midfield department. That, coupled with the fact that Toni Kroos and Luka Modric are getting older by the day, means that other players will need to step up at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Aurelien Tchouameni was brought in this summer to learn from and eventually replace Casemiro. But the Frenchman has now been thrust into the spotlight sooner than expected.

At the same time, Tchouameni’s compatriot Eduardo Camavinga could also be set for an important role in manager Carlo Ancelotti’s plans moving forward this season, reports MARCA.

The 19-year-old wonderkid arrived at Real Madrid last summer from Rennes but endured a slow start as Ancelotti opted to ease him into the team after a couple of missteps early in his tenure with the Merengues.

Over time, though, Camavinga started to prove his quality, making valuable contributions off the bench towards the final phase of the season as Real Madrid went on to bag the La Liga and the UEFA Champions League crowns.

Now, as per the report, there is a feeling within the club that Camavinga is a more ‘mature’ player and will now have a much bigger role to play this season, as indicated by the fact that the 19-year-old started both Real Madrid’s first two league games against Almeria and Celta Vigo.

It is stated that Ancelotti sees Camavinga as a very important player and plans to utilise him much more frequently than in the last season, as he tries to rotate Kroos and Modric.

It is expected that the French ace could be in line to start his third game in a row when Los Blancos face Espanyol this coming Sunday.

Since joining Real Madrid from Rennes last year, Camavinga has featured 42 times for the club, scoring and assisting two goals apiece. The teenage sensation has shown his potential and quality in his short time at the club and could be given more opportunities to do so this season.

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  1. Abhisekh De

    August 25, 2022 at 5:29 am

    Los Merengues need to bring in Jude, otherwise within mostly 2 years with two void midfield positions, immediate replenishment will be impossible. Alongside some potential Castilla players of this positions should be trialed

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Ancelotti sets a target for Real Madrid to achieve before facing Barcelona in La Liga

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Real Madrid are currently the frontrunners to win the La Liga title this season, having established a solid lead atop the table.

After 26 matchdays, Carlo Ancelotti’s Los Blancos have built a six-point lead over second-placed Girona and are eight clear of arch-rivals Barcelona in third.

Ancelotti sets a target

While Real Madrid have already faced Girona and Atletico Madrid twice in La Liga already, they still have to face Barcelona for the second time.

And, as per AS, manager Carlo Ancelotti has set a target for his Real Madrid side to achieve before they face off against Xavi Hernandez’s Barça in a few weeks.

Los Blancos host their bitter rivals at the Santiago Bernabeu in the weekend of April 20-21, in matchweek 32.

And before that, Ancelotti wants Real Madrid to reach 80 points in La Liga, which he believes is the safety point for his team to go on to win the title.

As things stand, the Merengues are on 65 points from 26 games and have five matches to play in the league before they face Barcelona.

And for them to achieve Ancelotti’s intended target, they will have to win each of their matches between now and April 20, which will be anything but straightforward.

After all, Real Madrid are set to face Valencia at a hostile Mestalla this weekend before they take on a Celta Vigo side battling to avoid relegation next week.

Following that, they face a tricky Osasuna side away from home and Athletic Club at home while they will also take on Copa del Rey finalists RCD Mallorca.

Ancelotti wants the La Liga title race wrapped up by this point so that the team can face Barcelona without any pressure and instead keep their focus on the UEFA Champions League, provided they progress in the tournament.

It will be easier said than done, but if we have learned anything from Real Madrid this season, it is that they thrive in the face of adversities.

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