Hazard “will start” against Cádiz, announces Ancelotti

“Tomorrow (Sunday) is the starter. He is going to play because he has trained well and deserves it. Not because of the casualties. It has worked very well. He has not changed mentally. His problem is that he has not always been able to train 100%, as he does now, “Ancelotti explained at the pre-match press conference.

“He is prepared for what he has shown in training. I was not used to playing on the right wing and I preferred Rodrygo and Asensio there. He has everything to make a very good second half of the season and to be useful and important for the team ”, added the Italian coach.

Hazard has only started five times this season and has yet to score a goal.

Against Cádiz, Ancelotti will not be able to count on Marcelo, Rodrygo, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Andriy Lunin, who tested positive for covid during the week.

“We have to live with this, ourselves and society. We never think of postponing games. Unfortunately, we must continue living with this virus, which is now less strong. You have to take care of yourself and be cautious. The club is very demanding with the controls. We have had setbacks, but the team is ready. And the most important thing is that everyone who tested positive is fine ”, concluded Ancelotti.

Nine casualties and five homegrown players in the call

The Italian Carlo Ancelotti announced this Saturday the call for tomorrow’s game against Cádiz in which he has nine casualties for different reasons -Modric, Asensio, Rodrygo, Bale, Lunin, Marcelo, Carvajal, Isco and Mariano-, so it has had to have five homegrown players to complete it.

Goalkeepers Toni Fuidias and Luis López, left-back Miguel Gutiérrez, midfielder Antonio Blanco and right-handed winger Peter, the latter making his debut, enter the list of 21 players.

Conditioned above all by the positives of this week. Asensio, Rodrygo, Bale, Lunin and Marcelo are out for this reason, and Modric, who tested positive on Wednesday and negative on Friday, continues at home with, according to club sources, still with cold symptoms.

Without being related to a positive, Mariano is not in the call, he is already weak after they gave him the second dose of the vaccine and Isco, negative in the tests this Saturday, was sent home by the doctors since his children present cold symptoms. From the club, they convey maximum caution in the face of the rebound in cases.

In Carvajal’s case, his absence is due to muscle discomfort. The one who did recover from them at the last minute is the Frenchman Karim Benzema, who trained individually during the week but arrived in time for the clash against Cádiz, as confirmed by the Italian Carlo Ancelotti at the press conference the day before in which also revealed that the Belgian Eden Hazard will start.


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