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Ancelotti could have almost a full-strength Real Madrid squad for Valladolid clash

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The twists and turns of the FIFA World Cup can be wild and go on to show why it is considered football’s ultimate platform. The 2022 edition has been no less in terms of drama, with several tournament favourites knocked out early at the hands of underdogs.

Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Uruguay and England are just a few of the many strong teams to be already eliminated from the competition. Heading into the semifinals, only Argentina, France, Morocco and Croatia remain in the running.

According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, the early elimination of the top footballing nations comes as music to Carlo Ancelotti’s ears for it simplifies his situation heading into the second half of the season.

Twelve Real Madrid players were called up for international duty in Qatar last month, and most players were expected to progress deep into the competition.

Given that they would require at least two weeks of rest after the event, Los Blancos expected to miss the services of several stars for the first game after the restart.

Now, the situation has changed. Federico Valverde, Dani Carvajal, Marco Asensio, Antonio Rudiger, Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard will all certainly be back in time to face Real Valladolid on December 30th.

Karim Benzema is also back in training after having been ruled out of the World Cup due to an injury.

Further, there is a great chance that the Brazilian Internationals, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes, and Eder Militao, will be back for the game too.

Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga and Luka Modric are the only three Real Madrid players still active in the World Cup. The former two are part of the France squad that will face Morocco in the semifinals while Modric’s Croatia are set to face off against Lionel Messi’s Argentina.

As for Real Madrid, they currently sit second in the La Liga standings, two points behind rivals FC Barcelona. With almost a full-strength squad at his disposal from the first game once the campaign resumes, Ancelotti will look to bridge that gap at the earliest and break free atop the league standings.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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