According to reports from AS, Aurelien Tchouameni is working hard towards his goal of turning a new page with Real Madrid. The French midfielder has been working relentlessly with a personal trainer even through his summer vacation and aims to return to training soon in top condition.
The youngster made a strong start to the 2022-23 campaign, which was also his first with the club. It did not take long before he was a regular starter in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, but it all went haywire after the World Cup.
Tchouameni saw a steep decline in the second half of the season. With his consistency and quality no longer at par with the manager’s expectations, he found it difficult to see regular minutes.
The Spanish publication add that the management see his dip to be normal. Real Madrid are calm over his situation and trust him to recover his best version in the coming weeks.
Heading into the 2023-24 campaign, Ancelotti has the French prodigy as a regular starter in his plans. After all, he sees Eduardo Camavinga as a regular presence in the advanced midfield, leaving the weight of the pivot position on Tchouameni’s shoulders.
On that front, the youngster will have a lot of adaptation to face next season. Ancelotti contemplates a major change in formation, and the 23-year-old would be the heart of the setup in either case.
If the manager gives the green light to the 4-4-2 diamond setup, he would have to carry the defensive midfield single-handedly for the entire season. A 4-2-3-1, however, would grant him more freedom as it would see the use of a double pivot.
Tchouameni is expected to join the team in the United States of America later this week. The upcoming pre-season fixtures will be critical for him to win his spot back.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”