Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti, right, applauds Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez before the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Rial Madrid and FC Barcelona at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid , in Spain, Sunday, March 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Manu Fernández)


Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti tested negative for coronavirus early on Wednesday, allowing him to fly to London to be with the squad for the Champions League game against Chelsea.

Ancelotti contracted COVID-19 last week and did not travel to England with the rest of the Madrid squad on Tuesday before the first leg of the quarter-finals. He missed his side’s 2-1 win over Celta Vigo in the Spanish Premier League on Saturday.

“He will travel to London this morning to join the first-team training camp,” Madrid said in a statement.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said his side would gain a slight advantage if Ancelotti missed Wednesday’s game at Stamford Bridge, but wanted the Italian coach to be by his side on the touchline.

Ancelotti is trying to win his second Champions League with Madrid, after the first in 2014.


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