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Official: Real Madrid lineup against Cadiz

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Real Madrid put in one of their worst shifts of the season on Monday night as they took on Rayo Vallecano away from home. The Madrilenian outfit showed no mercy to Los Blancos, eventually besting them 3-2.

To make matters worse, Barcelona came back from a goal and a man down to win 1-2 against Osasuna, taking them five points clear on top in La Liga.

Today, Real Madrid take on Cadiz in the hope of closing the gap back down to two. Toni Kroos has returned to duty after serving his suspension, starting alongside Luka Modric in central midfield.

Aurelien Tchouameni takes command as the No. 6, screening Ancelotti’s classic back-four.

Dani Carvajal has been replaced by Lucas Vazquez at right-back, while Ferland Mendy retains his place on the left. Eder Militao starts in central defence once again, paired alongside David Alaba.

Thibaut Courtois will be hoping to keep his first league clean sheet of the season in goal.

As we move to the attack, there is one change. Federico Valverde starts on the right wing over arguably the best player on Monday – Marco Asensio.

Rodrygo and Vinicius continue as the centre-forward and left-winger respectively.

Vinicius • Rodrygo • Valverde
Kroos • Tchouameni • Modric
Mendy • Alaba • Militao • Vazquez
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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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