In recent weeks, he has been the player who is gaining strength in the Monegasque midfield. Aurélien “Air” Tchouaméni, to use his new nickname, took advantage of the match against Olympique de Marseille to head home his first goal in Red and White on a corner from Aleksandr Golovin. With it, the Monegasque midfielder allowed AS Monaco to take the advantage on the scoreboard in the last quarter of an hour of play (2-1, 75th). This goal came after an equalizer at the start of the second half from Guillermo Maripán (49′), also on a pass by the Russian.
A first MVP award
This big win against OM (3-1) was, in any event, the opportunity for the Monegasque number 8 to show the way to victory for his teammates, before Stevan Jovetić sealed the outcome of the game in added time with a magnificent free kick (90th). With 46% of the votes, Aurélien Tchouameni was elected MVP for the first time this season by the Rouge et Blanc fans on the AS Monaco App.
A goal and a top performance was exactly what Niko Kovac had hoped for from his two central midfielders at a pre-match press conference. The pair are also, by the way the players who made the most recoveries, exactly 13. Aurélien Tchouameni also ranked second among Monegasque players in touches (74) with a 72% passing rate.
🎦⚽️ L'AS Monaco prend l'avantage sur un nouveau corner d'Aleksandr Golovin, qui trouve la tête d'AIR @atchouameni 🚀
𝑺𝒐𝒏 1𝒆𝒓 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒆𝒏 @Ligue1UberEats 💥
— AS Monaco 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) January 25, 2021
Neck-and-neck with Aleksandr Golovin
Another performance did not go unnoticed. It was that of Aleksandr Golovin, who came on at half-time, and came very close to winning the match MVP. With two assists, the Russian international (33 caps, 5 goals) picked out Guillermo Maripán and Aurélien Tchouameni, who both finished with a header from a corner. The Monegasque number 17 became the first player to deliver two assists in a Ligue 1 match with AS Monaco after coming on as a substitute, since Opta began analyzing the competition (2006/07). Proof once again that the Monegasque bench is the league’s most decisive, to Niko Kovac‘s great satisfaction.
Another one ✅
Premier but, FINALLY 😅
Daghe Munegu 🇲🇨 pic.twitter.com/z33CLsMM6T
— Tchouameni Aurélien (@atchouameni) January 23, 2021
2020-2021 MVP Recap
(J1) AS Monaco 2-2 Stade de Reims : Axel Disasi (1) and Aleksandr Golovin (1)
(J2) FC Metz 0-1 AS Monaco : Benjamin Lecomte (1)
(J3) AS Monaco 2-1 FC Nantes : Cesc Fàbregas (1)
(J4) Stade Rennais 2-1 AS Monaco : Wissam Ben Yedder (1)
(J5) AS Monaco 3-2 RC Strasbourg : Wissam Ben Yedder (2)
(J6) Stade Brestois 29 1-0 AS Monaco : Sofiane Diop (1)
(J7) AS Monaco 1-1 Montpellier HSC : Wissam Ben Yedder (3)
(J8) Olympique Lyonnais 4-1 AS Monaco : Wissam Ben Yedder (4)
(J9) AS Monaco 4-0 Girondins de Bordeaux : Wissam Ben Yedder (5)
(J10) OGC Nice 1-2 AS Monaco : Sofiane Diop (2)
(J11) AS Monaco 3-2 Paris Saint-Germain : Kevin Volland (1)
(J12) AS Monaco 3-0 Nîmes Olympique : Sofiane Diop (3)
(J13) Lille OSC 2-1 AS Monaco : Pietro Pellegri (1)
(J14) Olympique de Marseille 2-1 AS Monaco : Wissam Ben Yedder (6)
(J15) AS Monaco 0-3 RC Lens : Ruben Aguilar (1)
(J16) Dijon FCO 0-1 AS Monaco : Kevin Volland (2)
(J17) AS Monaco 2-2 Saint-Etienne : Gelson Martins (1)
(J18) FC Lorient 2-5 AS Monaco : Aleksandr Golovin (2)
(J19) AS Monaco 3-0 SCO Angers : Kevin Volland (3)