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Raul Gonzalez could end up facing Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League



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Real Madrid will conclude their UEFA Champions League group stage games with an away match against Union Berlin and if a report from SPORT BILD is to be believed then there is a good chance that Carlo Ancelotti will line his men against the current Castilla manager, Raul Gonzalez.

According to the news outlet, the Real Madrid Castilla coach is linked with a job associated with the German Bundesliga, with Union Berlin said to have him in their sights.

After having ended their association with Urs Fischer, Union Berlin are hunting for a replacement and the aforementioned outlet says Raul happens to be on their agenda.

High possibility but Raul faces competition

While the Castilla coach is indeed on the shortlist, he is not the only one considered for the job. Alfred Schreuder, who recently managed Al-Ain FC in the United Arab Emirates until his dismissal a few weeks ago, is said to be leading the race.

On the other hand, Oliver Glasner, previously associated with Eintracht Frankfurt, emerges as the third viable candidate to succeed Fischer, who completed an impressive five-year tenure with the Berlin-based team.

As for Raul, he has received coaching offers in the past including one from Schalke, a team he also represented as a player, not long ago. However, the former striker turned down that proposal, as well as others, such as the offer from Villarreal.

The aforementioned outlet also claims that Union Berlin see Raul as a perfect candidate for this position, however, the only hindrance is that his coaching background is relatively limited.

The 46-year-old has been serving as a youth coach at Real Madrid since 2018 and subsequently taking charge of Real’s second team in 2019.

Even though he has been tipped as a candidate to succeed Ancelotti at Real Madrid, as of today, he currently lacks the needed experience to take a first-team management role.

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Real Madrid star unlikely to travel to London with the rest of the squad



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Real Madrid will be on their way to England this Thursday as they gear up to take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday.

The players and the staff will be on a flight to London tomorrow to prepare for the clash at Wembley.

However, according to a report from journalist Arancha Rodriguez, Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin might not travel with the rest of the team tomorrow.

The 25-year-old Ukrainian goalkeeper has not trained for three days in a row after coming down with the flu.

Lunin has overcome the flu, but he still has the virus and there is still a chance he could be contagious.

Lunin will not travel with the rest of the team. (Photo by Rafal Oleksiewicz/Getty Images)

As such, Real Madrid, aware of the importance of Saturday’s match against Borussia Dortmund, are considering leaving the Ukrainian behind to avoid any possible contagion ahead of the Champions League final.

The goalkeeper will likely not travel with the rest of the expedition to London on Thursday and will fly alone on Saturday to avoid the risk of infection.

On Thursday, Lunin will undergo another check-up and, depending on the viral load, he could even travel on Friday. But it seems impossible for him to travel with his teammates.

It has already been suggested that Lunin would be making way for Thibaut Courtois in the starting lineup against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. The likelihood of that has increased following the events of this week.

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