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Ancelotti talks Ceballos, Alaba, Rodrygo, Asensio, Modric after Real Madrid 4-0 Elche

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A Karim Benzema brace in between two astounding goals from Marco Asensio and Luka Modrić assured Real Madrid three points against Elche on Wednesday. The clash against the bottom-placed league side was always expected to be a simple affair for the newly crowned world champions, and the 4-0 scoreline did justice.

Carlo Ancelotti made several changes to his starting lineup on the night, keeping in mind the difficult schedule ahead. In his post-match press conference, he revealed the basis behind his rotations and had a lot to say about a select few players. Here are the snippets from his media interaction.

On his takeaways from the game: “Every game and instants within them are good to build your confidence. Each moment can affect the atmosphere slightly. When you’re 3-0 up you relax a bit and that can cause problems, I don’t want to see it. We’re feeling better and it’s important to keep up this good run.”

On the hectic schedule and rotations: “Our players are made for it, they have no issues with playing top-level games. I have faith in all of them and I pick the best possible line-up taking into account injuries, and fatigue.”

On players’ fitness: “We’re taking advantage of all these games to improve each player’s fitness. It’s obvious the team is getting better and playing matches helps you to fine-tune their condition. There’s no other way to do it.”

On his decisions leading to the starting XI: “I rested guys who played in the final and I wanted to bring fresh legs into the middle of the park. Nothing special. Camavinga is in better shape because Tchouameni is just on his way back. Tchouameni will play in Pamplona.”

On Ceballos receiving applause from the Bernabeu: “He is doing what a footballer has to do – being professional, disciplined and making the most of the time I am giving him. He’s doing a fantastic job and we’re delighted with him. For the Bernabéu to recognise it does him the world of good.”

On David Alaba at left-back: “He is more used to playing at full-back than Camavinga. He enjoys playing out wide more. He did a good job today because Rodrygo was coming in through the middle. Alaba has a career in this position under his belt and he hasn’t forgotten how to play there.”

On Marco Asensio: “He is looking sharp. I don’t yet know if he’s going to stay or not. He has a contract and I’m not overly concerned because we have some very important challenges this season and he is contributing. He will make the right decision together with the club.”

On Rodrygo’s versatility: “He is more used to playing on the left, but he is a complete player and can play in any position up front. He started in that position, but he’s different to Vini Jr. because he comes in more through the centre and leaves more space out wide. We are lucky to have both of them.”

On Luka Modric’s impact off the bench: “For us, they are all important and I have to rotate because the season is very demanding. Modrić is finding his best level and the statistics will show Kroos came on against Bilbao and scored, as did Luka today. They can contribute with goals from the bench, although I’m not 100% sure if they agree, but the statistics are there.”

Source: Real Madrid Official Website

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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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