In an effort to regain defensive solidity after a challenging pre-season, Aurelien Tchouaméni will be deployed as the starting midfielder in Real Madrid’s league opener against Athletic Bilbao at San Mamés on Saturday. The talented Frenchman appears to have returned to his best form, reminiscent of his early-season performances last year when he secured a regular starting spot. Tchouaméni has impressed everyone with his performances and has earned the role of anchoring the midfield in front of the defense, an area that has faced significant criticism throughout the pre-season.
Tchouaméni has perfectly understood and executed Carlo Ancelotti’s vision for him, which has resulted in his selection as the starting midfielder. His game is once again filled with confidence and authority, allowing him to reclaim a starting position that he lost during the team’s trip to Qatar last November. An injury shortly after his return from the World Cup prevented him from finding his rhythm, but he has now showcased his impressive abilities once again.
The main concern for the Real Madrid coaching staff following the pre-season matches has been to restore defensive organization. The team’s objective during their time in the United States was to advance their pressing and defensive lines, which led to some defensive disarray beyond expectations. As a result, adjustments have been made in terms of player movements and positions during their training sessions at Valdebebas, with the aim of regaining the defensive strength that has been lacking so far this season. In this regard, the role of the central midfielder, Tchouaméni, will once again be crucial.