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

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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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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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