Real Madrid midfielder Aurélien Tchouaméni has revealed his first memory of El Clasico – the game between Los Blancos and their fierce rivals FC Barcelona.
Barcelona and Real Madrid come up against each other in La Liga in their next match. Real Madrid host the Catalan outfit at Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, with the match kicking-off at 7:45pm Indian Standard Time.
It will be Tchouaméni’s first El Clasico since joining Real Madrid in the 2022 summer transfer window. Real Madrid landed the highly-rated French midfielder from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco in the previous summer transfer window.
Los Blancos have signed the 22-year-old in a deal worth up to €100m. Tchouaméni, meanwhile, has signed a long-term contract with the Spanish side. His deal with Real Madrid runs until 2028.
Calma celebration by Cristiano Ronaldo my first memory of El Clasico says Tchouaméni
Speaking ahead of the match, Tchouaméni revealed his first memory of El Clasico and it has a Cristiano Ronaldo connection.
Tchouaméni revealed that his first memory of El Clasico was the ‘calma’ celebration Ronaldo pulled off after scoring the winner in Real Madrid’s 2-1 victory over Barcelona at Camp Nou in 2012.
“My first memory of the Clasico was the celebration of Ronaldo asking for calm when scoring at Camp Nou,” Tchouaméni said.
Tchouaméni also spoke about the upcoming match against Barcelona. He said it will be a great battle against a good team. “It’s going to be a great battle against a good team. We have to do everything and show our quality to win,” the young midfielder said.
He added: “We are Real Madrid and we don’t want to lose any games. We have good feelings and we want to continue like this.”
Meanwhile, Barcelona and Real Madrid occupy the first and second positions respectively in the La Liga points table.
Both Barcelona and Real Madrid have 22 points from their first eight matches but the Catalan outfit sits top of the table courtesy of a superior goal difference.
Both sides will be aiming to secure a win and earn all three points and establish a three-point lead over the other at the top of the table.
Barcelona comes into the game on the back of their 3-3 draw to Inter Milan that has left them on the brink of Champions League exit.
Real Madrid meanwhile heads into the fixture after sharing points with Shakhtar Donetsk after a 1-1 draw in the Champions League.
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