Champions League: Eduardo Camavinga has bluffed everyone again!
On the bench at kick-off last night against Chelsea, Eduardo Camavinga made a thunderous entrance. The Frenchman scored again after having already shone against PSG.
Madrid is the Champions League! This season again, the Merengues will be in the final four of the most beautiful European competition that they have won thirteen times. A cup with big ears that Eduardo Camavinga dreams of lifting since his youth. Arrived last summer from Stade Rennais, the Frenchman, bought € 31 million, is doing everything to add this new line to his record, he won the Spanish Supercup with Madrid this season 2021/22.
Substitute at kick-off last night against Chelsea in the quarter-final second leg of C1, the 19-year-old player was helpless on the bench while his team was trailing 2-0. On the field, it was something else. The French international came on in the 73rd minute to replace Toni Kroos who was out of his depth and annoyed to leave the field, and despite another English goal (0-3, 75th), he answered perfectly to Carlo Ancelotti’s expectations. Without complex and without pressure, he brought impact, dynamism and his volume of play while going to the fight in the middle against a Kanté that he muzzled well and by plugging the gaps defensively.
The French cracker was in all the right moves
Camavinga, who tried his luck, even participated in the goals. He was on the receiving end of Modric’s brilliant pass and Rodrygo’s goal (1-3, 80th), and then perfectly set up Vincius Jr, who fed Karim Benzema, who scored. The Tricolor (31 matches, 11 starts, 2 goals and 1 assist) made a stunning debut and was greeted by the Santiago-Bernabéu crowd. But not only. The press is charmed by the player under contract until 2027. “Enormous Camavinga”, says Marca, adding: “Camavinga was fundamental against PSG and Chelsea”.
In fact, during the round of 16 second leg in Madrid on March 9 (3-1), he had already successfully replaced Toni Kroos and had been valuable in midfield distributing good balls. AS sees in him the successor of the German. “He replaced Kroos with the mission of reviving Madrid. His ball recovered in the action of the 2-3 confirms it. He is one of those talents that Madrid must cherish, although there has been a footballer there for a decade. He even lifted the spirits with a left-footed shot that could have been Madrid’s third goal. This is too much.”
One of the Real Madrid midfielders of the future
Usually quite critical, the Catalan press was also won over. “And Camavinga came to resurrect Real Madrid”, headlined Sport, which added: “the entry of the French midfielder has completely changed the face of a Real Madrid team eliminated by Chelsea throughout the game. (…) The Frenchman, barely 19 years old, played like a veteran already seasoned in a thousand battles in the Champions League while he is only at the beginning. (…) Real Madrid can celebrate because with Camavinga and Valverde, they have a midfielder for 10 years”.
Carlo Ancelotti was equally enthusiastic and congratulated his young player, whom he often says is the present and future of the club. “With his qualities, he could play from the beginning, but it’s true that when he enters the game, he brings great energy. As the games go by, if you have Rodrygo, Valverde and Camavinga, you have a very strong team physically.” Very happy after the game, Eduardo Camavinga enjoys and lives his Madrid dream. A beautiful adventure that has only just begun and that is going to last for years!