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Hazard, Valverde, Rudiger feature as Real Madrid draw against Getafe in friendly – report



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Real Madrid played out a goalless draw against Getafe in their second friendly match ahead of the resumption of the 2022/23 season.

Los Blancos will restart their season on December 30 with an away trip to Real Valladolid and have been working towards preparing for the match by arranging friendly matches.

Carlo Ancelotti & co. had played out a draw against Leganes last week in a friendly that consisted of two halves of thirty minutes each and had ended in a 1-1 draw with Toni Kroos scoring.

And as per Rodra P, Real Madrid played Getafe for a total of ninety minutes unlike the previous match vs Leganes. The game ended in a 0-0 draw.

During the match, manager Carlo Ancelotti gave minutes to World Cup returnees like Antonio Rudiger, Eden Hazard, Federico Valverde, Thibaut Courtois, Marco Asensio and Dani Carvajal.

Karim Benzema once again started and captained the team, showing that he has put all his injury woes behind him and is ready to lead Real Madrid from the front again when the season resumes in a week.

Likewise, there were also minutes for Real Madrid Castilla starlet Sergio Arribas, who has been making a huge impression for Raul Gonzalez’s side. Another promising youngster, Nico Paz, is also understood to have featured against Getafe.

Real Madrid started with Courtois in goal while Lucas Vázquez, Nacho, David Alaba, and Ferland Mendy formed the defence. Toni Kroos, Dani Ceballos and Valverde lined up in the middle of the park, while Asensio, Benzema and Hazard formed the attacking unit.

Ancelotti is said to have made two changes at half-time, two more at the hour-mark and another two in the 70th minute. Asensio and Nico Paz were reportedly the players who stood out on the day for the Merengues.

The only players to not feature in today’s friendly are the Brazil trio of Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Eder Militao, along with Croatia captain Luka Modric and the French duo of Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni.

The six players were part of the FIFA World Cup until the latter stages and are still away on vacation. They are expected to be back in the coming days.

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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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