The Real Madrid squad will not look complete in the Clasico against Barcelona, for the ninth day of LaLiga Santander. This Saturday, one day before the match, the coach Carlo Ancelotti announced that Thibaut Courtois will not be able to stand under the three posts, because he must recover his physical condition.
“He is quite well, but it is true that he has trained very little, he is not comfortable. For tomorrow he is ruled out ”stated the Italian coach, in a press conference regarding the Belgian soccer player, confirming that Andriy Lunin will remain in goal for the match at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
In the same way, the Real Madrid strategist does not have a fixed date for Courtois’s return to the courts. “We are going to see for Wednesday (against Elche) or for the following Sunday (against Sevilla). He just needs training.”highlighted Carlo Ancelotti.
Let us remember that Thibaut was diagnosed with a left sciatica and was unexpectedly left out of the match against Osasuna (1-1), on October 2. Although ‘Carletto’ was confident that the goalkeeper would be available to face Barcelona, which he expressed a few days ago, the player’s progress was not as expected.
Given these circumstances, Andriy Lunin will be the starter in the Clásico, this being his fifth consecutive meeting with the ‘Merengues’ (two wins and two draws). On the other hand, Luis López and Lucas Cañizares will be the substitute goalkeepers.
When is Real Madrid vs. Barcelona?
The match Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, in a new edition of El Clásico, will be played this Sunday, for the ninth day of LaLiga (9:15 am Peruvian time), at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. At this moment, both teams are tied on 22 points, but the ‘Azulgranas’ are leaders on goal difference.
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