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Ancelotti set to start with young midfield unit for Real Madrid vs Las Palmas – reports

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A lot was made of Carlo Ancelotti’s decisions ahead of the Madrid derby. The Real Madrid manager made changes to his starting lineup, both in terms of personnel and dynamics, and the end result did not read well for Los Blancos.

One of the primary concerns in the team’s starting lineup on the night was the manager’s decision to start both Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. That, coupled with the decision to bench Aurelien Tchouameni rendered Los Blancos weak in defensive transitions.

Further, he pushed Jude Bellingham into the forward two which destabilised the system.

Ancelotti ready to make amends

According to reports from AS, Ancelotti is expected to make amends for tonight’s game against Las Palmas.

The manager will return to the 4-4-2 diamond formation that he began the season with four trusted youngsters in midfield.

Aurelien Tchouameni is expected to return to the base of midfield on the night as the pivot. He will be aided by Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde as the interiors.

Jude Bellingham will return to his natural position as an attacking midfielder behind the two forwards. As Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone said after his team’s win, the English prodigy flourishes only if deployed behind a number 9.

Changes in the forward line

The Italian gaffer is also expected to make changes in the final third against Las Palmas. Joselu may likely return as the central striker on the night alongside Rodrygo.

Moreover, with Vinicius Jr set to return from injury, he could make an appearance off the bench, or even start the match.

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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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