Madrid is the Champions League! This season again, the Merengues will be in the final four of the most beautiful European competitions which they have won thirteen times. A cut with big ears that Eduardo Camavinga has dreamed of lifting since a young age. Arrived last summer from Stade Rennais, the Frenchman, bought 31 M€, is therefore doing everything to put this new line on his list, he who won the Spanish Super Cup with the Madrilenians this season 2021/22.
Substitute at kick-off last night against Chelsea in the C1 quarter-final second leg, the 19-year-old was helpless on the bench while his team was down 2-0. On the pitch, it was something else. Entering the game in the 73rd minute to replace an overwhelmed Toni Kroos and annoyed to leave, the tricolor international perfectly met the expectations of Carlo Ancelotti despite a new English goal (0-3, 75th). Without complex and without pressure, he brought impact, dynamism and his volume of play while going into battle in the middle against a Kanté whom he muzzled well and closing the gaps defensively.
The French crack has been in all the right moves
Camavinga, who tried his luck, even participated in the goals. Present in the recovery before the brilliant pass from Modric and the goal from Rodrygo (1-3, 80th), he then perfectly launched Vincius Jr, who served Karim Benzema, scorer. A thunderous entry into play from the Habs (31 matches, 11 starts, 2 goals and 1 assist), hailed by the Santiago-Bernabéu public. But not only. The press is charmed by the player under contract until 2027. “Huge Camavinga”ignites brand which adds: “Camavinga was fundamental against PSG and Chelsea”.
Indeed, during the round of 16 return to Madrid on March 9 (3-1), he had already successfully replaced Toni Kroos and had been invaluable in the midfield by distributing good balls. AS sees in him the successor of the German. “He replaced Kroos with a mission to revive Madrid. His ball recovered on the action of 2-3 confirms it. He is one of those talents that Madrid need to nurture, although there has been a footballer there for a decade. He even boosted morale with a left-footed shot that could have been Madrid’s third goal. It’s 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 revive Real Madrid”as Sport who added: “the entry of the French midfielder completely changed the face of a Real Madrid team eliminated by Chelsea throughout the match. (…) The Frenchman, barely 19 years old, played like a veteran already seasoned with a thousand fights in the Champions League when he was only at the start. (…) Real Madrid can be celebrating because with Camavinga and Valverde, they have a midfielder for 10 years..
Equally seduced, Carlo Ancelotti congratulated his young player, whom he often says is the present and the future of the club. “With his qualities, he could play from the start, but it’s true that when he enters the game, he brings great energy. Over the matches, if you have Rodrygo, Valverde and Camavinga, you have a very strong team physically.. Very happy after the meeting, Eduardo Camavinga savors and fully lives his Madrid dream. A great adventure that has only just begun and is set to last for years!