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RB Leipzig star praises Real Madrid’s Andriy Lunin ahead of UCL clash: “He’s a complete goalkeeper”

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Speaking at a press conference earlier today, RB Leipzig shot-stopper Peter Gulacsi has heaped praise on Real Madrid counterpart Andriy Lunin, calling the 25-year-old Ukrainian a ‘complete goalkeeper’.

RB Leipzig play hosts to Real Madrid tomorrow night in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie.

And Gulasci, who has only played a handful of matches this season after recovering from a serious injury, hailed Lunin for the job he had done stepping in for the injured Thibaut Courtois.

“I know what I’ve seen in the last few weeks, he was the number two and after Courtois’ injury Kepa came on and when he got injured, Lunin played,” Gulacsi remarked.

“He reacts well in one on one. He has his quality. As a goalkeeper he is a complete goalkeeper, you have to play him,” the 33-year-old added.

Gulacsi thinks very highly of Lunin. (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images)

The Hungarian also commented on the absence of Real Madrid superstar Jude Bellingham for tomorrow’s clash due to an ankle injury, stating that Los Blancos have other dangerous players who can hurt them a great deal.

“We know about Madrid’s quality, their individual quality, Vinicius played a fantastic game this weekend, there is also Rodrygo, we can name them all.

“In midfield, they have a lot of quality. Even with the absence of Bellingham they have a strong attack, we mustn’t focus on just one player,” he remarked.

Reminiscing last season’s 3-2 win over Real Madrid in the UCL group stages, Gulasci said:

“The team was full of energy, with a lot of intensity. That’s what we need. We are missing people from last year, but we have new players and we want to take advantage of them. It’s a different game.”

Source: AS

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Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report

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Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.

The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.

Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.

This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.

Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia

Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.

With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.

Ancelotti to go with a makeshift central defensive pairing vs Valencia (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.

Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.

What are Ancelotti’s other options?

Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.

The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.

Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.

Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.

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