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Gabigol warns Real Madrid ahead of FIFA Club World Cup: “We will be prepared”

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Gabriel Barbosa, commonly known as ‘Gabigol’, was the difference-maker as Flamengo lifted the Copa Libertadores earlier this week, beating Athletico Paranaense in the final.

The former Inter Milan striker scored the only goal of the game to lead his team to the victory and also earn them a spot in the FIFA Club World Cup, where they could come face to face against the champions of Europe in Real Madrid.

Following the win, veteran midfielder Arturo Vidal sent out a warning to Real Madrid ahead of their potential meeting at the FIFA Club World Cup.

And now, following in his senior teammate’s footsteps, Gabigol, too, has warned Carlo Ancelotti’s side that Flamengo will be prepared for their meeting in the Club World Cup.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with AS after the Copa Libertadores triumph, the Brazilian centre-forward said:

“We are celebrating the Libertadores title and there is still a season to complete. Then it will be time to think about the Club World Cup. Without a doubt, Real Madrid are the biggest club in the world, the biggest winner of the Champions League, and have an incredible history. 

“We already had the opportunity to play in a World Cup final against Liverpool and our team competed well. You can rest assured that we will be prepared.”

Real Madrid are the most successful club when it comes to the FIFA Club World Cup, having won the trophy as many as four times, with their last triumph coming in 2018.

Ancelotti & co. will be gunning to add that trophy to their kitty this season, although the dates and the venue for the tournament are yet to be finalised due to the FIFA World Cup being played in November and December.

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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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