MADRID – Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that he will not make excessive rotations in the face of the Copa del Rey match that Real Madrid will play against Alcoyano at El Collao on Wednesday, beyond those required by Covid-19 or injuries.
Andriy Lunin will play in goal instead of Thibaut Courtois: “Lunin knows the field and the environment very well. I have already told him that due to the quality he has, he might deserve to play more.”
Who will not be on the list of summoned after testing negative for Covid-19 will be Vinícius Júnior. Ancelotti commented that his player “returns to training tomorrow because we have to respect protocol and he will not travel.” The Brazilian will be available for the weekend’s match against Valencia.
Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Ferland Mendy will also not be available due to muscle discomfort.
Real Madrid lost last year to Alcoyano and was eliminated from the Copa del Rey. Then, the team coached by Zinedine Zidane, lost with a goal from Juanan in the 115th minute. Precisely Ancelotti does not want to repeat that fact and that is why he announced that “the best will play.”
“You have to take it seriously. You have to have respect for your rivals. We can have difficulties and I am going to put the best team possible. The players have told me about last year, they know what happened and what they don’t have to. come in tomorrow. “
Ancelotti did not want to go into analyzing possible additions such as Kylian Mbappé and limited himself to saying that “there will be no departures in January” and that the planning for next season “is already done.”
The Real Madrid coach ruled out that Gareth Bale is injured. The Italian admitted, however, that the Welshman is not doing well.
“He is not well, but he is not injured. He can play against Valencia or we will take him to Arabia for the Super Cup,” said the coach who also did not want to enter into controversies with his player, wishing him a good performance until the end his contract with Madrid next June.
“Bale has the commitment because he has six months left on his contract and he wants to fulfill it. If he is not feeling well or if he is afraid of having a problem, he has to evaluate it. The fact of not commenting on injuries is a problem of society for respecting the privacy of each one “, declared the white coach.