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Official: Real Madrid squad list against Valencia

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Real Madrid are one of the only four teams to have a mid-week fixture scheduled to compensate for their participation in the Spanish Super Cup, when they missed a game. They will take on Valencia tomorrow, and have released the squad list for the same.

Carlo Ancelotti is boosted by the return of Aurelien Tchouameni. The Frenchman missed a fair few games, but the manager confirmed his presence in the starting lineup for tomorrow.

Similarly, Daniel Carvajal is also back after missing the last four games due to injury. His last participation came against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup final. That said, he is not expected to start tomorrow, especially since Ancelotti has affirmed Camavinga’s place at left-back.

Eden Hazard has been receiving little to no minutes of late, having played just three games in the league all season. He has not played any game since 3rd January, but is part of the hosting team anyway.

The same goes for Mariano Diaz, who is yet to step on the pitch since 7th November.

In terms of absences, David Alaba is still injured alongside Lucas Vazquez. Ferland Mendy picked up a lengthy injury as well and will be out for nearly two months, if not more.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

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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