Tchouaméni, boss in spite of himself

Six games and six wins. Only Real Madrid can boast of having such a record in the league among top European clubs since the start of the season. Brilliantly, Aurélien Tchouaméni contributed greatly to these successes by stabilizing a gaming sector that had been shaken up this summer. Called to play the bosses in the France team after the carnage of injuries, the Meringue has every reason to make Didier Deschamps smile.

Paul Pogba, Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Hernández, N’Golo Kanté, Kingsley Coman, Karim Benzema, Adrien Rabiot, Boubacar Kamara, and now Hugo Lloris and Théo Hernández. This cascade of injuries never ends and will force Didier Deschamps to take out the toolbox against Austria and Denmark on September 22 and 25 as part of the last matches of the group stages of the League of Nations. Luckily, some of his unstoppable were not swept away by the storm. This is the case of Aurélien Tchouaméni, brilliant since the beginning of his adventure at Real Madrid, undoubtedly one of the first nuts that the coach of the Blues will place when tinkering with his starting lineup. decisive passer in the victory of the Casa Blanca in the Madrid derby (1-2) this Sunday, the former resident of the Principality continues to let it be known that the France team can count on him.

From white to blue

“Take a starting place with the Blues? No, the goal is to scratch as many minutes as possible. For the moment, I’m trying to show the coach that he can count on me for this World Cup. » It is clear, he is not lacking in humility. After having made yet another faultless copy with the Real Madrid tunic, Tchouaméni does not ignite and keeps his head on his shoulders when the beIN Sports journalist hands him the microphone. Already, the 22-year-old Franco-Cameroonian had explained that he would not drive mechanics at the Château de Clairefontaine. “When you arrive in a world champion group, you can’t afford to make a racket. I’m mostly focused on work and progress.” he explained last March.

Except that now, a year has passed since his first selection. And as of that day, Tchouaméni has not missed a single match for the Blues – with the exception of the reception of South Africa (5-0) on March 29 where he remained on the bench – and made unanimity in Spain. Time seems to have passed at the speed of sound, so remarkable is the work accomplished. And for good reason, as the World Cup in Qatar approaches, the tricolor midfielder fully assumes his responsibilities at Real Madrid by making Casemiro forget, who left to join Manchester United last summer after eight seasons crowned with many successes. With only four small appearances in the Champions League – four qualifying phase meetings with AS Monaco in 2021 – twelve selections and the heavy weight of the 100 million euros (bonus included) of his transfer with great fanfare there is a months, very smart one who would have bet on such an outcome. Positioned in number 6 since the start of the season, alongside Luka Modrić and Toni Kroos under the orders of Carlo Ancelotti, Tchouaméni meets all expectations, even shining in a different role. Like this weekend in the midfield against Atlético de Madrid. A versatility that Carletto had already pointed out: “He is hard-hitting in aerial play, he has a good foot, he often reaches the opponent’s box… well, I’m not going to tell him to play like Casemiro. You have to take advantage of his protection and his shots. » So it’s Deschamps’ turn to do with such a profile.

Choo Choo

The question now is how, and with whom. For the next two meetings of the Blues counting for the League of Nations, four choices are available to Deschamps to support Aurélien Tchouaméni in midfield: Eduardo Camavinga, Jordan Veretout, Youssouf Fofana and Mattéo Guendouzi. For the game plan, if usually, the 3-4-3 or the 3-4-1-2 are the devices favored by the 53-year-old coach, it is very likely that Deschamps will return to a 4-3-3 of the more basic in view of the many absentees. ” In the month of June (during the series of four Nations League games, editor’s note), I had not planned to change the system. But given the injuries, before, during, and the fatigue of the sequence of matches, I changed my ideas because I could not place the players in a register where they are not in the best position., recently entrusted Deschamps to Telefoot. Will it be the same now? I go with an idea and select the players based on those specific positions. » This time, the disturbances are in any case more important, and in view of the list unveiled last week, a mid-three should be the most likely option. In this context, Tchouaméni, positioned in front of the defense, could find his teammate at Real, Camavinga, and the Marseillais Guendouzi, with whom he started in the draw against Croatia (1-1), both higher on the ground. Suffice to say, the Madrilenian should take on the role of boss of the midfield, since his two possible teammates together have nine selections. For his part, Jordan Veretout was called up for the sixth time. Finally, Youssouf Fofana will take his first steps at Clairefontaine. Without the regulars of the group, Tchouaméni acts as the only guarantee in this sector of play. What to assure him much more than a few minutes.

by Matthew Darbas


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