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Real Madrid star used VR footage to prepare for makeshift role against Osasuna

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Real Madrid went into the second international break this season with an emphatic 4-0 win over CA Osasuna at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Although the likes of Jude Bellingham, Vinicius Junior, and Joselu did an excellent job in attack, coach Carlo Ancelotti had to make several adjustments in defence.

One of those changes saw Real Madrid start with Aurelien Tchouameni as centre-back, in light of Eder Militao and David Alaba’s injuries, coupled with the suspension of Nacho Fernandez.

Tchouameni used VR to prepare against Osasuna

As per a video shared by Tchouameni himself on TikTok (h/t Madrid Zone), the midfielder has shared that he used Virtual Reality (VR) footage to prepare for the game against Osasuna.

In the video, the Frenchman can be seen watching footage of Osasuna’s attacking unit, and the player wearing VR goggles.

Tchouameni’s strategy certainly worked out, as the youngster produced an excellent performance at centre-back against Osasuna.

The midfielder covered the defensive area quite well in the absence of Militao, Alaba and Nacho. His presence allowed Real Madrid to dominate the game throughout the ninety minutes.

A trusted option for Ancelotti?

Aurelien Tchouameni produced an excellent performance against Osasuna (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Tchouameni’s performance against Osasuna was a good sign for Carlo Ancelotti, especially considering the current situation in the defensive unit.

With Alaba still yet to return to full fitness and Nacho serving a suspension, Tchouameni’s ability to operate in defensive areas means Ancelotti could potentially use him against the likes of Sevilla or Barcelona later this month.

The manager, however, admitted after the game that the Frenchman does not necessarily enjoy playing as a central defender, saying:

“Tchouameni played very well for the first time as a centre-back. “We have a lot of centre-backs (irony). I make jokes because Tchouaméni doesn’t like to play as a centre-back.”

The Italian, though, will be hoping that he won’t have to, as Real Madrid do require established options in central defence, in order to stand a chance of winning against the defending champions.

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  1. M.E Leboko

    October 8, 2023 at 6:39 pm

    Few players in Real Madrid team played very well when switched from their usual positions to new ones.The game they played against Osasuna was what showed excellence in the play of Satyrday.
    They were dominating the game throughout,only thing one can try to comment on is the play of Rodrigo for he was not showing zest of a striker,he needs to emulate Bellingham when on the face of goals.

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Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal ready to make Real Madrid veteran the highest-paid defender – report

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A month ago, whispers began to circulate about Real Madrid’s star defender, Antonio Rudiger, drawing attention from Saudi Arabian football clubs. Initially, Rudiger appeared uninterested in the potential move. 

However, recent reports from SPORT reveal that he has now received multiple offers from the Middle East, notably from Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal, and these offers are lucrative enough to make him the highest-paid defender globally.

Currently, Real Madrid have no intention of parting ways with Rudiger. The player, in turn, seems content to stay with the Spanish giants. 

This mutual desire to remain united is understandable, especially given the circumstances of the past season. 

Injuries to key defenders Eder Militao and David Alaba left a significant void in Real Madrid’s defence, which Rudiger admirably filled. Despite being 31 years old, Rudiger’s exceptional performance last season has only increased his value.

Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal want Rudiger

Al-Nassr, a team that boasts stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo Brozovic, and Sadio Mane, is reportedly keen on adding Rudiger to their ranks. 

They currently have Aymeric Laporte as their primary defensive asset, but the dream of strengthening their defence with Rudiger is strong. 

Antonio Rudiger has no interest in leaving Real Madrid. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

The idea is to pair Rudiger with Laporte, creating a formidable defensive duo. The financial offer on the table for Rudiger is astronomical, designed to tempt him into forming a top-tier defensive partnership.

Similarly, Al-Hilal, are also in the hunt. Their goal is to bolster a defence that already features standout players like Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly. 

If Rudiger were to join Al-Hilal, he would be in the company of notable talents such as Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Ruben Neves, Renan Lodi, and Bono.

Real Madrid and Rudiger are uninterested

Despite these enticing offers, Real Madrid remain firm in their decision not to sell Rudiger. The player himself is not inclined to leave La Liga. 

The departure of Nacho to Saudi Arabia’s Al-Qadsiah and the uncertain physical conditions of Alaba and Militao are pivotal reasons why Real Madrid are unwilling to consider letting go of their most dependable centre-back.

While the Saudi Arabian league is likely to continue its efforts to persuade all parties involved that Rudiger’s transfer would be mutually beneficial, the reality is that such an operation appears highly improbable. 

Rudiger’s value to Real Madrid, coupled with his own commitment to the club, makes any potential move a complex and unlikely scenario.

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