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Real Madrid midfielder believes national team stint will help him regain early-season form



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After arriving from AS Monaco last summer in a deal worth €80 million plus variables, Aurelien Tchouameni was thrust right into the spotlight following Casemiro’s departure to Manchester United.

And the Frenchman did not skip a beat as he quickly established himself as a permanent fixture at the base of Carlo Ancelotti’s three-man midfield.

However, things have not been going well for Tchouameni after the World Cup break, with the youngster losing his starting berth to compatriot Eduardo Camavinga in recent weeks due to his own subpar displays and the latter’s vastly improved performances.

But, according to MARCA, Tchouameni is confident that the time he spends with France in the ongoing international break will help him recover his early-season form.

The former Bordeaux sensation has been called up by Les Bleus manager Didier Deschamps for their UEFA Euro 2024 qualifiers against the Netherlands and Ireland, along with Camavinga.

However, Tchouameni is likely to get the nod in the starting XI in midfield, with Deschamps confirming that Camavinga is in the squad as a backup left-back.

And the 23-year-old is of the belief that the stint with the national team could help him regain his form from the first half of the season, as he hopes to win his place back in Ancelotti’s setup.

Prior to the World Cup break, Tchouameni had missed just three games in all competitions for Real Madrid, two of which were because of injury. Of his 12 La Liga appearances before the Qatar trip, the midfielder had started 11.

Since returning, Tchouameni has made just four league starts out of his nine appearances. The midfielder also played just six minutes in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League tie against Liverpool after missing the first one due to fitness issues.

The youngster is not going through the best phase at the moment, as was visible in the error he made against RCD Espanyol. But, a return to the national team fold could be what is needed for Tchouameni to recover his best version.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash



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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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