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Rudiger points out one key quality that Germany must learn from Real Madrid

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After enjoying a sensational season with Real Madrid, Antonio Rudiger will be hoping to add more trophies to his cabinet when he takes the field for the German national team this summer at the UEFA Euro 2024.

Rudiger played an integral role as Los Blancos won La Liga, Spanish Super Cup, and the UEFA Champions League this season and is now seeking more glory with his national team.

Given that Die Mannschaft have been far from their best in recent international tournaments, they will be eager to go the distance in the Euros, especially with it being held on their own turf.

And, Rudiger, having been part of a winning side like Real Madrid, was asked what the German national team could learn from his club.

The defender did not hesitate even for a moment as he said: “The killer instinct.”

Elaborating his statement, Rudiger added: “Germany and Madrid are two different pairs of shoes. Here we have a good system that suits our game, but what we can take from Madrid is that killer instinct.”

Rudiger has won it all with Real Madrid. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Given his form this season, Rudiger is rightly regarded as one of the best centre-backs in the game currently, but the defender said he does not think much of the tags, stating:

“I don’t think too much about that. It changes very quickly. Last year it was someone else and now it seems like it’s me, I don’t think about that.”

The seasoned centre-back was also full of praise for Toni Kroos, who bid goodbye to Real Madrid after winning the UCL and will be playing for the last time in his career at the Euros.

“As a footballer there is nothing to say. As a person, I have to be honest. I misjudged him when I came here when I was younger. Now I know him better,” he said.

“He’s a very, very good guy, a family man. He’s a quiet leader who doesn’t talk a lot but leads the way on the pitch.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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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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