Aurélien Tchouaméni, AS Monaco midfielder, helplessly witnessed Manchester United’s defeat in the Europa League final on Wednesday, which condemns his club to go through the Champions League qualifying rounds. This Thursday, the midfielder who will play in the final phase of the Euro Espoirs said he was disgusted by this scenario.
Aurélien Tchouaméni, the Monaco midfielder, does not hide his frustration after the coronation in the Europa League of Villarreal, which deprives his team of a direct qualification for the group stage of the Champions League next season.
“Honestly, I was disgusted,” said the 21-year-old player on Thursday, currently with the Bleuets to prepare for the Euro Espoirs. His club, which finished third in Ligue 1, supported Manchester United for the final of C3, because a success of the English team, already qualified for the C1 via its Championship, opened the doors to the groups of the “big” Cup. from Europe.
“We are welcoming this challenge with great excitement”
However, it is Villarreal, seventh in Liga, who won after a long penalty shootout (1-1, 11 tab to 10). The coronation of the Spanish club, qualified for the next C1, deprives the ASM of a shortcut. The Monegasques will have to go through the 3rd preliminary round, then the play-offs, to see the group stage.
“I saw that they (the Mancuniens, note) had returned to 1-1, I believed in it, I said to myself:” They are going to do it “. Frankly, that would have made the work a little easier for us. , explained Tchouaméni, elected best hope of the season of Ligue 1. But that’s how, we are competitors and we will have to make these matches. We welcome this challenge with a lot of excitement, “he concluded. .