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Real Madrid fans set to defy ‘all-white’ instruction against Manchester City

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The Santiago Bernabeu is, quite easily, one of football’s most iconic stadiums. As the home to one of football’s greatest-ever teams, it is a fortress to reckon with for opposition teams and a location where Los Blancos are virtually unbeatable.

It is safe to say that the fans are as important, if not more than the architectural marvel itself. Filling the seats to the brim, they make football at the venue a spectacle to behold with an ocean of white.

Request for the UCL game

As revealed by Jorge C Picon (h/t Madrid Xtra), Grada de Animacion (The Animation Group) have sent an open request for all Real Madrid fans attending the upcoming UEFA Champions League clash against Manchester City on Tuesday to be dressed in white.

The unison in colour will only amplify the energy and support in the stadium, putting pressure on the opposition and creating a scene to behold.

The members of the Animation stand were seen holding a poster that said ‘9/4/2024: a Bernabéu dressed in white’ during Los Blancos’ last game against Athletic Club, pushing for the same.

They were also handed a significant boost when Real Madrid sensation Vinicius Jr posted on his social media in their favour, urging fans to accept the uniform.

The revolters’ stance

The instruction has not gone down well with a certain sect of the fanbase, however, who insist on doing as they please and violating the suggestion.

Many such revolters cite Real Madrid’s last game as justification for their actions.

An odd matchup. (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)

After all, Real Madrid wore purple on the night through Adidas’ promotional campaign while Athletic Club donned white at Santiago Bernabeu, upsetting many fans.

The Bernabeu will indeed be predominantly white in the game against Manchester City, but a few reactionary fans will likely prevent it from being a pure ocean of white.

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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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