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Real Madrid World Cup Spotlight: Tchouameni progresses to the finals with France

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On Wednesday night, two contenders faced off against each either to claim the second spot in the World Cup final alongside Argentina.

On the one side, it was France who were hoping to get the second consecutive final berth in the competition. Their opponents, Morocco, were on a mission to rewrite history once again by becoming the first African side to ever reach the World cup final.

Morocco had only conceded one goal in the tournament until Wednesday, even that being an own goal. However, it did not take long for France to break down their defence and find a way to pass Yassine Bounou.

Griezmann’s pass to Mbappe saw the French winger in a great position to score. He had two shots blocked by the Moroccan defence before the ball fell at the feet of Theo Hernandez. The former Real Madrid left-back made no mistake, firing the ball past the goalkeeper.

The Africans fought valiantly thereafter and came close to equalising on multiple occasions. However, there was a feeling that Morocco were hesitant to take the final shot and unnecessarily looked for passes in scoring positions.

Their poor decision-making was punished by Randal Kolo Muani who scored with his first touch on the field. The Eintracht Frankfurt forward received a lovely ball from Mbappe in the box and struck the ball hard the first time to send it into the net.

With France booking a place in the finals, we take a look at how the Real Madrid players in action on the day fared.

Aurelien Tchouameni (vs Morocco)

The Real Madrid midfielder was thrown into the deep end against the underdogs with Adrien Rabiot being ruled out of the clash through injury. His partnership with the Juventus midfielder had grown along the course of the campaign in Qatar and the spark in the middle of the park was lacking on Wednesday.

Tchouameni was paired with Youssouf Fofana and the latter’s dismal show did not help the Real Madrid star’s case. Fofana struggled to make the right movements off the ball, often forcing his partner into difficult situations.

Considering all the factors against him on the night, Tchouameni put in a reasonable performance that saw him relatively safe in possession. He recorded 65 touches in his 90 minutes on the field, completing 40 passes with an accuracy of over 85%.

He recorded two key passes and created one big chance in the first half when his ball set Kylian Mbappe free in the Moroccan area. Further, he had one shot blocked and completed one dribble in the game.

Defensively, he put up a paramount show. He made three vital clearances, four interceptions and a tackle against Walid Regragui’s men. He also won three ground duels.

Tchouameni will now play the World Cup final on Sunday in his first-ever attempt at the competition, hoping to steer his side to their second consecutive title. However, he will face tough opposition in Lionel Messi’s Argentina and will have to play his best football for ninety minutes if his side are to retain their title.

Eduardo Camavinga (vs Morocco)

The Real Madrid youngster did not make it off the bench, even on a night when Didier Deschamps was without one of his starting midfielders.

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Three Real Madrid players whose roles will change with Mbappe’s arrival

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Kylian Mbappe’s move from PSG to Real Madrid will be the headline of the summer irrespective of what transpires in the weeks to come.

After years of running a long-standing soap opera, the player finally secured his dream move. Now officially announced, Carlo Ancelotti and Co. can begin incorporating the star into their plans for next season.

His arrival, however, will bring with it an inevitable set of changes to the setup that won Real Madrid the Champions League last season.

In the process, several Real Madrid stars will be made to alter their roles and possibly even positions on the field to accommodate the World Cup winner.

Here are three players who will see a complete change in role after Mbappe’s signing. 

Vinicius Jr.

Vinicius will have to juggle his role with Mbappe. (Photo by Rich Storry/Getty Images)

At this point, it is well established that Vinicius Jr. is one of, if not the best left-winger in world football. The Brazilian’s influence on Real Madrid’s results has only amplified exponentially in recent years. He is even the favourite to take home the Ballon d’Or after a stellar last season.

Come August, however, Vinicius will ironically find his own place in the team in jeopardy. Carlo Ancelotti’s plan will indeed be to stick with the Brazilian on the wing and deploy Kylian Mbappe as the number nine for Real Madrid next season.

Given that the Frenchman is best placed on the left, however, it is highly possible that the duo are made to swap roles with regularity.

In short, Vinicius’ position next season will largely depend on Mbappe’s adaptation. Should the new signing struggle to adapt, the Brazilian superstar could be the one to face the brunt.

Jude Bellingham

Bellingham will likely play in a deeper position. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Jude Bellingham enjoyed a stunning first season with Real Madrid, breaking records for fun and establishing himself as an elite superstar.

His role, however, will undoubtedly see a major transformation next season. After all, Carlo Ancelotti is planning a change in formation and the attacking midfield role in the 4-4-2 diamond formation will no longer be his to claim.

Likely back in a 4-3-3, Los Blancos will be well covered in the final third and Bellingham will be forced to take a step back. He will likely join forces with Aurelien Tchouameni and Federico Valverde in the proper midfield and thus play a deeper role for the men in white.

Rodrygo Goes

Rodrygo will have to settle for a place on the right flank. (Photo by Rich Storry/Getty Images)

It is clear at this point that Rodrygo is the worst hit by Mbappe’s arrival for the youngster is now on the edge.

Rodrygo shone brightly playing on the left flank towards the end of the last season. But the Brazilian now has no chance of seeing minutes in his niche given the presence of two superior players ahead of him in the pecking order.

Mbappe’s arrival also means that Rodrygo will have no option but to play as a right-winger, a position in which he has not convinced much in recent times.

To rub salt into his wounds, he will also be forced to take up a more significant defensive role as the other two players in attack will contribute minimally to the press. It thus remains to be seen if the youngster can hold onto his place as a starter or struggle under the pressure. 

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