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Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Manchester City

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Real Madrid are set to take on Manchester City in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday.

The first leg, at the Santiago Bernabeu, ended in a 3-3 draw, setting up an enticing battle at the Etihad with everything on the line.

Ahead of the trip to England, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has named the squad list of players that will be at his disposal for the Manchester City encounter.

As expected, only David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois are absent from the squad through injuries.

Interestingly, Aurelien Tchouameni has been named in the squad list even though the Frenchman is suspended for the match at the Etihad after he picked up his third yellow card of the season in the UEFA Champions League at the Bernabeu last week.

Eder Militao is in the squad again, but is unlikely to start with Ancelotti likely to opt for the defensive pairing of Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger against Pep Guardiola’s men.

It will be interesting to see whether the manager opts to tweak his formation, especially in the attacking setup, where he fielded Rodrygo on the left and asked Vinicius Jr. to play slightly more centrally.

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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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