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Official: Real Madrid duo start for Belgium in friendly vs Egypt

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Belgium will continue their preparations for the FIFA World Cup 2022 with a friendly encounter against Egypt today. And Real Madrid duo Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have been named in the starting XI by manager Roberto Martinez.

It is an important game for the Belgian Red Devils to get some momentum behind them heading into the World Cup. Having made it as far as the semi-finals at the last World Cup, they will be keen on going a step further this time out.

And, there will be a lot of hope pinned on Hazard, who is the captain of the national team. The 31-year-old has found game-time hard to come by at the club level this season with Real Madrid, given that he has fallen out of favour under Carlo Ancelotti.

As for Courtois, he has been a permanent fixture in goal for Real Madrid and has done well and the national team will be hoping for more of the same from the goalkeeper in the coming weeks.

Atletico Madrid duo Yannick Carrasco and Axel Witsel also make it to the Belgium lineup, who will rely on Manchester City superstar Kevin De Bruyne to produce the magic on the field.

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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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