Real Madrid midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni played full 90 minutes during France’s recent outing against Germany in Dortmund on Tuesday.
Following the game, he was given a day off by the club, but the midfielder surprised everyone by turning up for the training, reports Spanish publication AS.
Technically, from Signal Iduna Park to Real Madrid’s Valdebebas, it took him less than 12 hours to return to first-team training ahead of the upcoming home game against Real Sociedad.
Real Madrid had 12 players on international duty, namely, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Andriy Lunin, Dani Carvajal, Antonio Rudiger, David Alaba, Eduardo Camavinga, Jude Bellingham, Luka Modric, Federico Valverde, Rodrygo, Joselu and Tchouameni himself.
These players have permission not to join training until tomorrow, but Tchouameni decided not to enjoy his holiday instead, which surprised everyone at the club.
A demanding international duty
Last night, Tchouameni showcased his prowess for a full 90 minutes against Germany which concluded with a valiant 2-1 defeat.
This demanding national team break was further intensified by his prior involvement in another 90-minute clash against Ireland.
The arduous schedule, a testament to his dedication to his country’s cause, saw him transitioning seamlessly from the international stage to his club duties.
Remarkably, less than 12 hours after representing his nation on German soil, he turned up at Valdebebas, ready to embark on his usual training regimen.
Of course, his presence was entirely voluntary, a testament to his unwavering commitment to excellence.
Within the training facility, the medical team had meticulously devised a tailored plan for him. It encompassed a rigorous session in the gym to maintain his physical prowess and a series of specialized recovery exercises, designed to ensure his rapid recuperation and sustained peak performance.
Such dedication and discipline are the hallmarks of a true professional, and Tchouameni exemplified them admirably as he resumed his club duties with utmost diligence.
Real Madrid would have lost eight points if not for the summer signing
Jude Bellingham’s impact at Real Madrid this season is simply undeniable. However, what is even more fascinating is that if the Los Blancos had not signed him this summer, the team from the Spanish capital would have accumulated eight fewer points this season, reports AS.
The former Birmingham City and Borussia Dortmund midfielder has been in the thick of things ever since the first game of the season, which was a 2-0 win over Athletic Club away from home.
Since his opening day heroics, the England international has found the net six times in as many appearances across all competitions.
Too many draws without Bellingham
The 20-year-old midfielder has scored late winners in as many as three games for Madrid this season. In fact, among the matches Madrid have played this season, it was the opening game, against Athletic Club, that his goal was not decisive.
In that game, Rodrygo initiated the scoring, while the English international sealed the victory. It was a 0-2 triumph, which would still have been a win even without his contribution.
However, his impact was undeniable in the other encounters, such as the matches against Almeria (1-3, where he netted a brace and assisted Vinicius Jr’s goal), Celta (0-1), Getafe (1-0), and Union (1-0).
Where would Madrid be without him?
Once you do the math, that’s five goals scored in four games which transformed four draws into victories.
If it weren’t for Bellingham’s goals, Madrid’s League points would be six fewer, and their Champions League tally would be reduced by two, totaling eight points across all competitions. Although these are speculative scenarios, their credibility solidifies when examining the statistics.
As a result, Real Madrid have started with a flawless record of 18 points out of a possible 18 across all competitions.
We don’t really need to solidify the importance of last-minute goals in football, but if there was an award for it, Bellingham would be a worthy winner, to say the least.