After the exit of Casemiro and the arrival of his natural replacement Aurelien Tchouameni in exchange for 80 million euros, it all seemed to be set up for him to be a solid starter in that position. However, the injuries forced Ancelotti to make up a new replacement due to the lack of other options to play on that role. That is Eduardo Camavinga.
After the injuries of Mendy and Alaba, Ancelotti saw himself forced to put Toni Kroos as a pure midfielder and Camavinga as a left back during three games of LaLiga: 0-0 against Real Sociedad, 2-0 against Valencia and a defeat (1-0) versus Mallorca. No doubt that these are worrying scores for such a big club such Real Madrid.
After the return of David Alaba, the Italian coached bet on Camavinga as a pure midfielder, even though he is a completely different profile from Kroos in that position. The German is a very accurate player with the ball, but the truth is that his team was unable to score in two out of the three games that he played in that position, apart from the fact that he was surpassed all the time defensively.
On the other hand, the Frenchman started as a pure midfielder in three out of the last four games for Real Madrid, and all of those three matches ended up on solid wins for Real Madrid: 4-0 against Elche, 0-2 against Osasuna and a historical 2-5 victory at Anfield against Liverpool. Camavinga really stood out in all those meets.
Camavinga is very efficient in defensive tasks, great at tackling and is usually well positioned, apart from having excellent fitness. However, his offensive qualities sometimes tend to go unnoticed. He is a very talented player and has nothing to do with the classic and physical midfielder stereotype; he is dynamic, knows how to lead the game and has also great ability at driving the ball to break lines.
It is clear that Tchouaméni is a great player, but Camavinga has also proved his talent for the job and that he is not only and intense and tough player, but also a modern midfielder that can offer multiple tactical variables to both Ancelotti and Real Madrid.
Translated by Guillermo Bermejo.
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