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Sports Madrid's Ancelotti likely to miss Chelsea game with COVID-19

15:36  05 april  2022
15:36  05 april  2022 Source:   msn.com

Barcelona makes statement with big win at Real Madrid

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MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid will likely be without coach Carlo Ancelotti for the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals against Chelsea because of COVID-19.

  Madrid's Ancelotti likely to miss Chelsea game with COVID-19 © Provided by The Canadian Press

Ancelotti tested positive for the coronavirus last week and did not travel to London with the rest of the squad on Tuesday.

There was a possibility he could still make it for Wednesday’s match if he tests negative in time to travel.

Ancelotti had already missed the team’s 2-1 win over Celta Vigo in the Spanish league on Saturday, when assistant coach Davide Ancelotti, his son, was among those in charge.

Ancelotti, who had minor symptoms of COVID-19, is trying to win his second Champions League with Madrid after helping the club lift the European trophy in 2014.

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  Revived by Xavi, Barcelona hosts Sevilla for 2nd in league BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — When Xavi Hernández returned as Barcelona coach four months ago, the team he had helped lead to greatness as a player was struggling to get wins over the most modest of rivals. After a bumpy start, Xavi now has Barcelona back to playing like a title challenger after a string of big wins that culminated in a 4-0 rout at Real Madrid before a two-week international break. Barcelona was in seventh place and 16 points behind Spanish league leader Madrid in early December following a 1-0 loss to Real Betis, its only league setback under Xavi.

Karim Benzema and Ferland Mendy, who returned to action on Saturday after nursing injuries, practiced normally ahead of the trip to England.

Madrid was eliminated by eventual champion Chelsea in the Champions League semifinals last season.

Ancelotti coached Chelsea for two years before his first stint with Madrid in 2013. The Spanish club was coached by Zinedine Zidane in last year's semifinals.

Ancelotti had been the target of criticism in Spain after the team's demoralizing 4-0 loss to Barcelona at home in the Spanish league last month, when his experiments with the squad backfired.

With Benzema out injured, Ancelotti tried to use Luka Modric in the false-nine position instead of adding another forward, but the move didn't work and Barcelona easily built the victory at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.

Chelsea-Real: Ancelotti Always uncertain

 Chelsea-Real: Ancelotti Always uncertain © Provided by Sports.co.uk Positive to COVID-19, it might miss the trip to Chelsea. Wednesday, the Real Madrid will move on the chelsea lawn in quarterfinals go from the Champions League. An important shock against the title European champion to continue dreaming of a championship-league championship. ❌. @mrancelotti sigue dando positivo Hoy gets it otra pcr para tem so puejar viajar con el equipo.

The hard-fought win against Celta — with two penalty kicks converted by Benzema — left Madrid 12 points ahead of Barcelona entering the final stretch, though the Catalan club has a game in hand.

Ancelotti's first stint with Madrid ended after criticism he didn't rotate his squad enough, leading to injuries to his players and to a loss of performance toward the end of the season.

Benzema and Toni Kroos were among the players who missed matches because of injuries recently.

Madrid had won five games in a row in all competitions before the loss to Barcelona, including beating Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the second leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League when Benzema rallied the team with a second-half hat trick after losing the first leg in Paris 1-0.

Madrid hasn’t won in its last five trips to face English clubs, with three losses.

Madrid or Chelsea will play either Manchester City of Atlético Madrid in the semifinals.

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Tales Azzoni, The Associated Press

Equal Ancelotti Guardiola and Mourinho with eight C1 .
semi-finals provided by Sofoot the specialist. Video: Quarts - Simeone: "We can still believe in the qualification" (Dailymotion) By eliminating Chelsea in the suffering this Tuesday , Carlo Ancelotti invited for the eighth time of his career in the last square of the Champions League. Italian, triple winner of the competition, reached the semifinals at the head of three different clubs: Juventus (1999), Milan AC (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007) and therefore Real Madrid (2014, 2015, 2022).

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