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Official: Borussia Dortmund starting lineup to face Real Madrid

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Just under an hour remains before Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund kick things off in the finals of the UEFA Champions League at Wembley.

A couple of hours after Real Madrid announced their lineup, Borussia Dortmund manager Edin Terzic has now released his team’s starting XI for the gigantic clash set to kick off in London.

In-form goalkeeper Gregor Kobel starts and will be shielded by the backline comprising Nico Schlotterbeck and the influential Mats Hummels as the centre-backs. Julian Ryerson and Chelsea loanee Ian Maatsen start as the full-backs.

Captain Emre Can starts in the centre of the park where he will partner Marcel Sabitzer while Julian Brandt will assume creative duties starting as the No. 10.

The dangerous duo of Jadon Sancho and Karim Adeyemi occupy the flanks and will look to fashion chances for striker Niclas Fullkrug.

Marco Reus, playing his last game for Borussia Dortmund, finds himself on the bench tonight.

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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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