Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti has provided a fresh insight into the goalkeeping pecking order in his squad, on the back of Los Blancos’ latest outing.
Real marked their return to action post-international break on Sunday evening.
After seeing Clásico rivals Barcelona drop yet more points on Saturday, the capital heavyweights made the trip to the Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla, for a La Liga meeting Cádiz.
A comfortable night’s work saw Ancelotti and Co. cruise to a 3-0 triumph, courtesy of a Rodrygo brace, and yet another strike by way of Jude Bellingham.
Whilst it was Real’s wealth of attacking talent which took its place front and centre in Cádiz, though, post-match, it was the situation at the other end of the pitch which emerged as the key talking point.
This came as the situation between the posts at the Santiago Bernabéu was put to Carlo Ancelotti once more.
With both Thibaut Courtois and Kepa Arrizabalaga sidelined at present, Andriy Lunin was afforded his latest opportunity to impress tonight.
And the Ukrainian international went on to manage precisely that, en route to a third clean sheet from five outings across the season to date.
Amid calls for Lunin to maintain his place on the back of Kepa’s upcoming return, the subject of the goalkeeping pecking order in his squad was in turn put to Real’s headmaster.
Ancelotti, though, was unwavering in his response, confirming that Kepa is in line to reclaim his no.1 status, potentially as early as next weekend.
“Lunin has been ready but Kepa will be back for Granada and if he’s okay he will play,” the Italian explained, as cited by Fabrizio Romano.
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