He is only 20 years old, it should be remembered, and already a title of champion of Spain and a Champions League on the list (not to mention his 2nd place at the World Cup this winter in Qatar).
This does not prevent Eduardo Camavinga from still having many challenges to overcome.
Transferred to Real Madrid in the summer of 2021 (30 million euros + 10 bonus), the former jewel of Stade Rennais is not yet an indisputable holder in Spain.
Last week, he even had to digest two premature exits.
Against Valencia then against FC Barcelona, in the semi-finals and then in the Super Cup final, Carlo Ancelotti made the decision to take him out at half-time.
This Wednesday, the Italian technician returned to his adjustments, which were necessarily very commented.
“Against Valencia, it was a tactical substitution.
He played well, I changed him just to avoid finishing the match at ten ", because Camavinga had been warned in the 28th minute, Ancelotti explained to the press, before his trip to Villarreal Thursday (9:00 p.m.) in 1/ 8th final of the King's Cup.
In the final on Sunday, "against Barcelona, it's true that there could have been better in the defensive aspect, but I changed it to put more players in front", chained the former coach of the PSG.
“I still have great confidence in him”
These statements show how the bond is anything but broken.
Carlo Ancelotti even indulged in a self-criticism session on Wednesday.
“He does his job well, I still have great confidence in him.
It's true that I took him out at half-time twice… I wasn't always fair with him.
But the confidence is total.
And tomorrow, he will bring a lot to the team, as always”, assured “Carletto”.
Last season, Camavinga fulfilled his role as a luxury substitute rather well.
Especially in the Champions League in cleaver matches.
This year, he started again on the same bases, playing only two games in his entirety for, in total, 10 starts in 25 appearances.
Playing time in the absence of Tchouaméni in January
The injury ten days ago of his compatriot Aurélien Tchouaméni offers him the opportunity to show himself in the midfield.
Tchouaméni, propelled holder just arrived this summer, is affected behind the left leg and should be unavailable all January.
This frees up space, especially at the sentry post.
“We think about it.
Toni Kroos can be useful in this position in games where we want to have more control and take care of our ball exits, but there are games where a more defensive, more energetic pivot could be more useful. to the team.
So yes, Camavinga can be an option as a pivot,” Ancelotti said.
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This winter, in Qatar, Eduardo Camavinga had helped out in the France team in a new left-back position.
Didier Deschamps had installed him as Théo Hernandez's understudy, after Lucas Hernandez's injury.
For example, he had a very good start in the final during the defeat against Argentina (3-3, 4-2 pens), just a month ago.