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Carlo Ancelotti doesn’t plan to rotate Real Madrid’s squad against Union Berlin

Carlo Ancelotti has said he has no intentions of implementing significant player rotation for their upcoming Champions League group-stage match against Union Berlin.

Real Madrid has already secured their place in the last 16 after achieving five consecutive victories, maintaining a 100% record, making them the only team in the tournament to do so. Despite accomplishing their goal, Ancelotti does not anticipate making extensive changes to the lineup against Union Berlin.

Real Madrid drew 1-1 at Real Betis on Saturday and Ancelotti said: “We need to evaluate how the players that played against Betis recover, then we will choose the best possible starting XI.

“If there are some tired players who don’t recover very well, they will rest, but we don’t think about a big rotation with a lot of players resting.

“We will rotate some players if we see any risk. if the players are tired. The ones who played and don’t have any fatigue will be no problem at all.

“Our main goal was to finish top of the group, so we want to put in a good performance and close out the group stage on a high.

Ancelotti has verified that Kepa Arrizabalaga will be the starting goalkeeper against Union Berlin. However, a substantial list of players unavailable due to injuries includes goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, along with Vinicius Junior and Eduardo Camavinga.

“This is a very special competition,” Ancelotti added at his pre-match press conference in Berlin.

“Real Madrid are always favourites to win this competition whatever happens in the group stage.

“It is always difficult to win it, but we have the quality to fight for it until the end.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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