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Official: Federico Valverde starts for Uruguay in must-win game vs Ghana




Uruguay will learn their fate in the FIFA World Cup 2022 today as they gear up to take on Ghana in their final group game.

Heading into the match La Celeste are bottom of the group with just one point, tied with South Korea in third, following their opening day draw against the Asian side and a defeat to Portugal last time out.

So, Diego Alonso’s side, who were termed as one of the darkhorses in the tournament, will need all three points against Ghana while they would also need South Korea to not win against Portugal.

And Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde, who has been one of the few positives for Uruguay in the World Cup, is starting and will have a lot riding on him against Ghana.

The midfielder partners up with Rodrigo Bentancur in the centre of the park while Facundo Pellistri and Giorgian De Arrascaeta seem set to occupy the flanks to form the second line of press behind the strike partnership of Darwin Nunez and Luis Suarez.

Guillermo Varela, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez and Mathias Olivera form the backline that will shield Sergio Rochet in goal for the South American nation against Ghana.

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Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training



Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images

The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.

Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.

The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.

Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid

Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.

However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.

To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.

This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.

Arda Guler is taking special guidance from Toni Kroos (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler

The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.

Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.

This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.

It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.

Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.

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