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Three changes Ancelotti could make to the starting lineup for Real Madrid vs Girona

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Following Barcelona’s win over Valencia, Real Madrid have momentarily slipped to the second position in the league table. However, the reigning Spanish champions will have the opportunity to regain the top spot when they take on Girona on Sunday.

Heading into this affair, we will take a look at three changes Carlo Ancelotti could make, especially after succumbing to a surprise defeat at the hands of RB Leipzig in midweek.

Federico Valverde in for Marco Asensio

Given the way Barcelona are performing in domestic competitions this season, Ancelotti is likely to field a strong starting eleven against Girona. Hence, there could be changes in the offing, one of which could see Federico Valverde replacing Marco Asensio.

The Uruguayan international had missed the midweek encounter owing to a knock. But he has been declared fit for the clash and will be desperate to continue his excellent form as he replaces Marco Asensio in the wider midfield position.

David Alaba in for Nacho Fernandez

After conceding three goals in midweek, Ancelotti might want to solidify Real Madrid’s defensive lines by replacing Nacho Fernandez with the reliable David Alaba.

The Austrian international was on the bench during the midweek encounter. But he will play a vital role against Girona, especially with his ability to move out of defence and provide quality during the build-up play.

Dani Caravajal in for Lucas Vazquez

Another defensive change in the Real Madrid setup could see Lucas Vazquez making way for Dani Carvajal.

Much like Alaba, Carvajal was also on the bench against Leipzig. But his experience, coupled with his composure and technical qualities could come in handy as Real Madrid look to break the shackles of the Girona backline tonight.

In addition to his offensive qualities, Carvajal also offers better balance on the right hand side, which could prove to be crucial in Real Madrid’s bid to quench the occasional counterattacks from the opposition.

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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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