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German NT coach sings praises of Real Madrid midfield on return



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Toni Kroos’ momentous return to the German national team saw him lead Die Mannschaft to a 2-0 victory over France in an international friendly on Saturday.

Starting in the middle of the park, Kroos showed exceptional composure and orchestrated Germany’s possession-based football.

In fact, Kroos started the game with a bang, as he assisted Florian Wirtz’s first-minute opener, which became one of the quickest goals ever scored in international football.

After a tremendous performance that saw him complete 121 passes, Kroos was substituted in the 89th minute, marking an end to a brilliant evening for the Real Madrid superstar.

Nagelsmann signs praises of Kroos

Speaking to the media after the game, German national team coach Julian Nagelsmann was in awe of Kroos’ performance.

“Unbelievable, to be honest,” Nagelsmann said (h/t Fabrizio Romano). “With the ball, we all know that he is an extraordinary player. But also how he got involved in duels.”

Kroos offered a midfield masterclass against France (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Nagelsmann added, “He’s quite a normal guy and integrates into the group. That’s very good.”

Kroos also received praise from Ilkay Gundogan after the game, with the Barcelona star highlighting the German’s quality with the ball.

What’s next for Kroos?

After the win over France, Kroos will look to shift focus to the other friendly against the Netherlands this midweek.

It will be another opportunity for the Real Madrid superstar to further stamp his authority in the team and make himself an indispensable figure for Germany heading into the European Championship.

This will also serve as a final opportunity for coach Nagelsmann to conduct some last experiments and ascertain a final squad that will head to Euro 2024.

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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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