Ancelotti admits Camavinga doesn't like playing at left-back despite series of star performances

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  • Camavinga starred vs Valencia
  • Played full-back during World Cup
  • Due to move to midfield with Alaba return

WHAT HAPPENED? The France international played 90 minutes at left-back for Madrid against Valencia, with first choice Ferland Mendy and back-up David Alaba out due to injury. And Camavinga went about his duties well, defending astutely while also offering plenty of attacking thrust. Still, Ancelotti admitted that the natural centre-midfielder dislikes playing in the position.

WHAT THEY SAID: "He has surprised us all as a left-back. I'm liking him a lot. Alaba returns on Sunday, we'll see. The team suffers less behind because he works well," Ancelotti said in a post-game press conference.

"He has played very little in this position, but he creates a lot of danger in the opposite field. And he also has defensive work. He doesn't like it, but we do."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Camavinga is becoming one of the best young central midfielders in the world, but was asked to play at left-back for France in the World Cup. And it's a position he's thrived in for Madrid when asked in recent weeks.


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WHAT NEXT FOR CAMAVINGA? The France international will likely move back to central midfield with Alaba due to return soon. But he's proved that he can be a true option at the position going forward.

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