Aurélien Tchouameni MVP of the UCL third round first leg against Sparta
He’s started this season as he had finished the previous one. Imperious in midfield during the second half of the 2020-2021 season, Aurélien Tchouameni kept up his good form against Sparta Prague during the third preliminary round of the Champions League (2-0).
A master of ball recovery
Starting alongside Youssouf Fofana, the French U-21 international shone as he once again showed his ability in ball recovery, making 22 in 90 minutes, a very impressive number. Already the best at this in Ligue 1 over the second half of the season, Tchouam ’has clearly not lost his talent for this phase of play .
Solid throughout defensively, he also made four interceptions. It was thus partly thanks to his performance that the Czechs were not very threatening, allowing Alexander Nübel and the Monaco defense to have a composed match.
As expected, 🇫🇷 Aurélien Tchouaméni (21) picked up where he left off.
🆚 Sparta Prague
☑️ 90 minutes
⚽️ 1 goal
❌ 4 interceptions
💪 22 ball recoveries (!)
⚔️ 10 duels won
✈️ 4/4 aerial duels won
🦶 76 touches
🙌 2-0 away win
So good. Midfield boss. pic.twitter.com/u5CaoydDmM
— Football Wonderkids (@fbwonderkids) August 3, 2021
A goal that settles the match
Very active in midfield, Aurélien Tchouameni also won all of his aerial duels (4/4) for a total of 10 duels won. It was indeed thanks to winning one of these aerial duels that he managed to open the scoring just before half-time. On a very well-taken corner by Alexander Golovin, he would get the best of his marker, before scoring with a powerful header (37′) past Florin Nita, the goalkeeper of Sparta Prague.
L’ouverture du score d’AIR @atchouameni sur cette tête rageuse 💥#SpartaASM | #RoadToChampions pic.twitter.com/HhLRtuRQ1U
— AS Monaco 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) August 3, 2021
His performance, both defensive and offensively, logically earned him the first Match MVP of the season, having totaled 76% of the votes among the fans on the AS Monaco App. Bravo Aurel’!
2020-2021 MVP Recap
(First leg, UCL third preliminary round) Sparta Prague 2-0 AS Monaco: Aurélien Tchouameni (1)