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Official: Real Madrid squad list for UCL final vs Borussia Dortmund

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As Real Madrid get set to take off for London for their UEFA Champions League final on Saturday against Borussia Dortmund, manager Carlo Ancelotti has announced the squad list that will be flying to England.

Even though David Alaba and Aurelien Tchouameni are injured and will be unable to play, the duo has been included in the list.

Furthermore, Andriy Lunin, who is down with the flu, is also on the list, although he will not be flying with the rest of the squad to avoid any infection affecting the other players. Instead, he will travel to England separately, either tomorrow or the day after.

Meanwhile, Ancelotti has also called up young goalkeeper Fran Gonzalez and Castilla midfielder Mario Martin to the squad list for the finals.

The rest of the squad remains as expected, with all eyes set to be on Toni Kroos as he plays his final game for Real Madrid.

Saturday’s finals could also turn out to be the last one in the Merengues’ colours for club captain Nacho Fernandez.

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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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