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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

It is played yes or yes: Ancelotti responds to Xavi and his request to suspend matches due to COVID-19

The sixth wave of the coronavirus in Spain has been hard on the FC Barcelona. During the last week, the Barcelona team has been losing several players between starters and substitutes. Such a panorama made Xavi Hernandez ask for the suspension of match against Mallorca this Sunday in Palma. For the Egarense it is not possible to make a formation with so many casualties, something with which he does not agree Carlo Ancelotti. At a press conference, the Real Madrid coach responded to his colleague’s request, and respecting his opinion, he affirmed that he has “to respect protocol”.

“It is quite a complicated issue,” Ancelotti assured at a press conference at Real Madrid City. “I respect everyone’s opinion because everyone has their own and there are many teams affected, we were in Bilbao who also had the loss of some players, but there is a protocol. We can give an opinion but what we have to do is respect the protocol “, he pointed.

For Ancelotti, the competition cannot be stopped or some games postponed and he defended that despite the many positives, the pandemic is under control.

“Before making decisions to postpone, you have to change the protocol. If it continues like this, we have to play the games. I think in the end it is quite fair because we have already had games like this in recent months and at this moment, the pandemic is quite under control. I am not a doctor but I listen to many scientists who say this. We have to continue ”, sentenced.

On the other hand, the coach of Madrid confirmed that Belgian Thibaut Courtois is fit to play at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez after his confinement due to a false positive, in a match against Getafe in which he pointed out that his compatriot Eden Hazard “It can be an important piece.”

The loss due to coronavirus of the Brazilian Vinícius Junior will allow Hazard to continue as a starter and return to the left wing. Ancelotti winked at his player. “Hazard is fine, he came out of the last game with much more confidence, he made a good impression, he had the opportunity and commitment. Tomorrow can be an important piece for the team “, topoint.

The Italian coach confirmed that he has Courtois, despite completing only one training session with the team, and the ownership of Andriy Lunin will have to wait for Wednesday in the Copa del Rey against Alcoyano.

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