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Ancelotti has decided on Real Madrid’s No. 1 between Kepa and Lunin after Spanish Super Cup



Kepa and Lunin Real Madrid
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Having two goalkeepers in serious form, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has regularly been quizzed over his preference between Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Both players have proved their mettle in different ways over the course of the season, and after all, deserve to be a starter for the men in white.

The onus of managing their playing time thus falls on the manager. Ancelotti has given both players regular time to hone their skills, but at this point, a pre-agreed system may be the way to go.

The division of labour

According to reports from MARCA, the Real Madrid gaffer has done just that. He has split the duties based on the competition between the two competitive stars, with the Ukrainian receiving the lion’s share.

As revealed by the Spanish publication, Andriy Lunin will be Real Madrid’s first-choice starting goalkeeper in both La Liga and the UEFA Champions League from here on in the season.

Kepa, on the other hand, would act as the deputy and will take up the responsibility in the Copa del Rey and is expected to start between the sticks against Atletico Madrid in the competition next week.

The Spanish Super Cup factor

Real Madrid pulled off a sensational win over Atletico Madrid last night to secure a place in the final of the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia.

Kepa started in goal on the night, but despite the result, the fact remains that he conceded three goals on the night and was not altogether convincing.

Ancelotti refused to give away whether the Spaniard would continue to start in the final of the competition scheduled for Sunday.

“He has played a good game in my opinion. In the first two goals he could not do anything and in the third he may have been bothered by Morata’s jump. We’ll see who the goalkeeper for the final is,” he said about the on-loan star in his post-match press conference.

With the Super Cup duty not explicitly allotted as per the aforementioned report, it remains to be seen if Ancelotti retains his faith in Kepa on the night or opts to trust Lunin instead. Only time will tell.

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‘Me and Zizou…’ – Toni Kroos teases iconic team-up for Real Madrid Legends team




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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that during a recent training session, he bumped into Raul, a former striker and current Castilla manager, who confessed to him that he did not like his decision to retire from the game.

The midfielder added that he would now be interested in playing the Legends match where the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul participate. 

The veteran admitted that playing alongside these legends one day would be quite exciting.

“When I left the training yesterday, Raul was outside. He told me that he did not like the decision at first but found something positive because now I’m definitely playing this legends game with him,” said Kroos on his podcast

“He said I had to be there. Me and Zizou playing behind him, Figo on the right, and RC3 (Roberto Carlos) at the back. That could be funny,” he added.

Life after Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos would love to play with Zinedine Zidane. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

During the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after the upcoming European Championship in his home country.

As a result, Real Madrid now have to work on an alternate strategy to plan life beyond Kroos. As suggested before, the Los Blancos are of the idea that at present, there is no one in the market who can fill the void.

On the other hand, though, Dani Ceballos’ chances of staying have now increased. At the same time, there are reports that Joshua Kimmich is being monitored, but nothing seems concrete yet.

For now, Real Madrid are largely expected to rely on the current roster as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and even Jude Bellingham are more than capable of occupying Kroos’ position.

If even that does not work out, the team from the Spanish capital can look into the youth system to rope in a capable alternative.

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