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Ancelotti set to oversee Real Madrid at Chelsea after negative Covid test

The Italian coach will be on the bench at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night following the posting of a negative Covid-19 test

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JESUS ALVAREZ ORIHUELADIARIO AS

Real Madrid will be boosted by the presence of head coach Carlo Ancelotti against Chelsea on Wednesday following his recovery from coronavirus.

Ancelotti contracted Covid-19 last week and was absent for Madrid’s 2-1 win at Celta Vigo at the weekend.

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The former Chelsea boss was also expected to miss a return to Stamford Bridge in the first leg of Madrid’s Champions League quarter-final.

Champions League 2021/2022

ClassificationPTSWMTMLM
1Real Madrid15501
2Inter10312
3S. Tiraspol7213
Full classification
Upcoming matches
Real Madrid - ChelseaT-12/04 15:00
Chelsea - Real MadridW-06/04 15:00
Calendar

*Data updated to date April 6th, 2022

But a Madrid statement on the morning of the game announced Ancelotti was travelling to London to join his squad following a negative test result.

“Real Madrid C.F. is pleased to announce that our coach Carlo Ancelotti has returned a negative result for Covid-19,” the statement read, “and will therefore travel to London this morning to join up with the first team.”

‘Los Blancos’ looking for revenge

Madrid, knocked out of last season’s competition by Chelsea, will be looking for a first win against the Blues in six attempts.

This fixture sees the Spanish giants’ worst winless record against any opposition in European competition.

However, no English team have previously eliminated Madrid from the knockout stages of the Champions League on multiple occasions.