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Toni Kroos’ last request to Ancelotti before substitution during Real Madrid vs Betis

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Real Madrid’s final league match against Real Betis was an emotional outing for the Merengues as it was also Toni Kroos’ last appearance at Santiago Bernabeu.

The German midfielder started the match alongside Eduardo Camaving and Federico Valverde in the midfield and was eventually replaced in the 87th minute with a standing ovation from the supporters of both sections.

Interestingly enough, a report from Mundo Deportivo has mentioned that Kroos’ departure could have occurred earlier, but he made a special request to Ancelotti, seeking one final favour before exiting. 

This moment unfolded during a run of play initiated by Kroos himself, resulting in a foul in favour of Real Madrid near the Betis’ area.

What was Kroos’ request?

It is to be noted that Dani Ceballos had been prepared to replace Kroos for some time, positioned on the sideline awaiting his chance to enter the game. 

Toni Kroos made a request to Carlo Ancelotti before being substituted in his final match at Santiago Bernabeu. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

The opportune moment for the former Arsenal midfielder to join the action arose with the occurrence of the aforementioned foul, as the game was momentarily halted.

However, this anticipated substitution did not materialise immediately. Why? Because of Kroos’ own request. 

The German midfielder appealed to Ancelotti, asking for a brief delay in the substitution so that he could take the ensuing free kick. This decision added a memorable touch to the match, as the fans at the Bernabeu stadium fervently cheered for Kroos to take the shot.

Ultimately, Kroos stepped up to take the free kick, nearly scoring a goal, only to be thwarted by the Betis goalkeeper who deflected the ball, resulting in a corner kick instead. 

This marked Kroos’ final contribution on the Bernabeu pitch. Subsequently, Ceballos replaced him, initiating the tributes and accolades for the departing German player, who had earned a legendary status at Real Madrid.

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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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