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World Cup-winning manager heaps praise on Real Madrid boss Ancelotti: “He is a reference”

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Speaking in an exclusive interview with MARCA, Lionel Scaloni, the manager of the Argentina national team, has named Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti as a reference, claiming that he wants to emulate the Italian.

Scaloni took over the reins of the Argentine national team when they were going through a difficult phase and has led them to great success.

Indeed, under him, La Albiceste have won the Copa America as well as the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar a little over a year ago.

Scaloni revealed in an interview that he continues to learn from his fellow managers like Pep Guardiola, Simone Inzaghi, and Roberto De Zerbi, before heaping praise on Ancelotti.

“I learn from those who do what we would like to do in the national team. I like Guardiola, I like De Zerbi, who is doing a great job at Brighton, I like Simone Inzaghi, I like Spalletti,” said Scaloni.

“And I certainly can’t forget Ancelotti, who today is the benchmark of what I want to be as a coach: a guy that everyone appreciates, very intelligent, who has won everything he has won for good reason. Carlo is a reference,” he added.

Ancelotti is currently in his second stint with Real Madrid, having returned to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2021. Since coming back, he has won all possible trophies with the Merengues and looks likely to taste more success this term, having already lifted the Spanish Super Cup.

Real Madrid recently handed Ancelotti a new two-year contract, tying him down at the club until the summer of 2026.

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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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