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Real Madrid coach wants injury-returnee CB to replace Tchouameni against Man City in second-leg

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Real Madrid vs Manchester City has quickly become a modern-day classic in the Champions League. This is the third time the two sides are meeting in the knockouts in as many seasons, with the winner of the previous two ending up with the UCL.

This time around, as well, the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu produced an absolute classic, with the game ending 3-3. Both teams produced absolutely top-notch goals, with all to play for at the Etihad in the second leg. 

Carlo Ancelotti does have a huge concern on his hand, though, as Aurelien Tchouameni picked up a yellow card in the first-minute of the game, taking his tally to three for the season, suspending him for the away game. 

This leaves Nacho and Antonio Rudiger as the expected go-to pairing. However, it seems the Italian coach has other ideas. 

Eder Militao the wildcard

According to a report by Jorge C Picon, Ancelotti wants Eder Militao to start against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium next week on Wednesday. 

Militao has only recently returned from an ACL tear, making his first appearance since August against Athletic Club last weekend. Incidentally, his injury also happened against the Basque outfit. 

Starting Militao against City is a very difficult operation for Madrid, although it is not ruled out completely. He will be given as many minutes as possible against Mallorca this weekend to evaluate his injury and condition. 

Nacho the alternative 

The backup. (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

However, should Militao be unable to play this game, the Madrid coaches will rely on Nacho as a starter as there are no other options. 

While he is not their first-choice given his form, they are not against the idea of relying on the club captain in this emergency situation. 

Antonio Rudiger will be key once again for Madrid after he has successfully kept Erling Haaland quiet in the first-leg, and also last season at the Santiago Bernabeu. 

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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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