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Ancelotti will recall Real Madrid duo to the starting lineup against Napoli – report

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After their derby debacle against Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid have bounced back strongly securing back-to-back wins over Las Palmas and Girona to move to the top of the La Liga standings.

Now, Carlo Ancelotti & co. will be facing a huge challenge as they get set to take on Serie A champions Napoli in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night.

The Merengues kickstarted their European journey with a win over Union Berlin and will aim to secure three points again on their trip to Italy.

Changes in the offing

With the game less than two days away, SPORT is now reporting that manager Carlo Ancelotti is set to make some important changes to the starting lineup against Napoli.

As per the report, the Real Madrid boss is all set to recall Luka Modric and Rodrygo Goes to the starting XI for the game at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium tomorrow night.

Modric did not play a single minute during the 3-0 win over Girona and is understood to have grown unhappy with his current role at the club.

But with the high-profile Champions League fixture on the horizon, Ancelotti appears set to bank on his veteran midfielder again, although it is likely to come at the expense of Toni Kroos.

As for Rodrygo, he has not been in the best of form in front of goal and was benched against Girona this past Saturday.

But the Brazilian is now in line to start against Napoli, potentially at the expense of Joselu, who has been in good nick of late.

Camavinga at left-back again?

The report states that there is a strong possibility that Ancelotti will stick with Eduardo Camavinga as the left-back ahead of Ferland Mendy and Fran Garcia yet again.

The Real Madrid boss lavished praise on the Frenchman for his performance against Girona at left-back and could opt to leave it unchanged against Napoli.

Nacho Fernandez, who was sent off against Girona, will start with Antonio Rudiger in central defence with David Alaba not travelling to Italy.

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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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