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‘City off the radar’ – Real Madrid not thinking about Champions League as focus shifts to La Liga

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Real Madrid’s 3-3 draw against Manchester City leaves the door wide open in the tie. Everything will be decided in the second leg at the Etihad Stadium next week, and it is safe to say that it will be Los Blancos’ biggest game of the season.

Before that, however, Carlo Ancelotti’s men face Mallorca in La Liga at the weekend. Under normal circumstances, the league tie would be sacrificed for the greater good in the UCL, but the race to seal La Liga does not permit Ancelotti that freedom.

A finale

As revealed by MARCA in a recent update, Real Madrid have already analysed the mistakes they made against Pep Guardiola’s side and what must change for the reverse fixture in England.

At the moment, however, neither the players nor the management think about the Champions League. The team have their mind fixated on the clash against Mallorca in La Liga which they see to be a finale.

“Everyone in their positions and with their heads set in Mallorca. No other option is contemplated. City is not on the radar. Maximum concentration to continue winning the league,” they say from the Valdebebas, conveying that sealing the title race is the team’s top priority.

Forget the City clash. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

The standings scenario

With eight games to go in La Liga, Real Madrid sit at the top of the leaderboard with 75 points while Barcelona follow closely with 67.

The eight-point difference, needless to say, is significant. With El Clasico coming up later this month, however, the Blaugranas have a chance to cut the deficit to five points which will make the race nervy.

Real Madrid thus focus on securing all three points tomorrow to ensure that they keep the momentum on their side. After all, they have stamped their authority on the competition from day one and are desperate to get the job done.

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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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