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Ancelotti talks Lewandowski, Valverde, Militao, Laporta following 3-1 win over Barcelona



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Real Madrid avenged their 4-0 defeat against Barcelona from last year with a dominant win over the Blaugranas at the same venue. Los Blancos dominated the first half, and while the second half may not have been their best, it saw some resilient defence that earned them the win.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side move to the top of the league table with this result and have a sizeable lead over their rivals. The manager spoke to the press after his team’s win and addressed topics ranging from Federico Valverde to the refereeing. Here are the snippets from Ancelotti’s presser.

On controlling Robert Lewandowski: “I used Miltão to put pressure on Lewandowski.”

On the team’s strategy: “After last time, I wanted to make sure we played a more simple game.”

On the first half: “The key part of today has been our first half. We were a lot better. We’ve been lethal in attack.”

On his midfielders: “Kroos and Valverde were very good today. They helped a lot in creating from the flanks.”

On Federico Valverde: “Valverde is getting used to play in the new position. He’s a spectacular player.”

On the three points: “We have earned these 3 points. We got them from our direct rival so it’s very important.”

On Aurelien Tchouameni: “Tchouaméni is very young but he has a big personality, he’s amazing. It looks like he’s been here for years because he plays alongside Modrić and Kroos so it’s easier.”

On Laporta protesting the refereeing: “Laporta went to the locker room to complain about the referee? I think the referee was fair. He did his job.”

On registering a rampant win: “A ‘goleada’ against Barcelona? That’s another football (laughs), we only care about winning.”

On the mentality of his team: “We’ve become more united as a team after what happened last season. Same with our fans at the Bernabéu. It looked like a Champions League night today.”

On Eder Militao’s role: “I asked Militao to be more aggressive on Lewandowski and Alaba to keep the game controlled.”

Source: Real Madrid Twitter

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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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