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Borussia Dortmund coach sends warning to Real Madrid – ‘Time for their run to end’

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Anticipation continues to heighten by the day as Real Madrid’s grand showdown with Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final draws closer.

After overcoming some of the heavy-hitters and favourites of the competition such as Manchester City and Bayern Munich, the Merengues are locking horns against a team that was not foreseen to have made it this far.

But the dark horses of the Champions League are not expected to make the final a cakewalk for Real Madrid and underestimating them could prove to be fatal.

Borussia Dortmund coach touches upon the clash

Reflecting on the upcoming match in a press conference, Borussia coach Edin Terzic relayed an optimistic tone with the German-Croatian confident of his team’s chances.

Despite the Merengues being known to be invincible in finals, Terzic boldly declared, “This is the time for Real Madrid’s run of eight wins in eight finals to end.”

Borussia Dortmund’s only triumph in the UEFA Champions League occurred during the 1997/1998 season.

Edin Terzic confident BVB can beat Real Madrid. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images)

As such, Terzic is not content with simply picking up a silver medal for participation but intends to bring the elusive trophy back home once more.

“We are not satisfied with just being in the final. We want to bring the trophy to Dortmund now. We haven’t been this close for a long time. It’s been a damn long time,” he exclaimed.

The 41-year-old coach acknowledged that the focus and preparation of the team are concentrated solely on this crucial match, as understandably they are prioritizing this game above all else.

“The absolute final boss is waiting. We’re breaking everything down to this one game. In a game, anything is possible. If anyone has shown that, it’s us,” he remarked.

Considering Borussia defeated heavyweights like Atletico Madrid and PSG before cementing a spot in the final, Terzic’s sentiments hold weight and thus Real Madrid cannot afford to be complacent in the upcoming showdown.

Source: YouTube/Borussia Dortmund

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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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