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Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti could miss Champions League trip to Chelsea after positive Covid test.

Real Madrid could be with­out boss Car­lo Ancelot­ti for their Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter-final tie against Chelsea.

For­mer Chelsea boss Ancelot­ti, 62, has been miss­ing from the Los Blan­cos’ dugout since test­ing for pos­i­tive for Covid six days ago.

The pos­i­tive test meant Real had to take on Celta Vigo in Ancelot­ti’s absence on Saturday.

It was busi­ness as usu­al for the Span­ish titans who cruised to a 2–1 vic­to­ry against their oppo­nents with Ancelot­ti’s son Davide in charge for the game, although he could­n’t dish out orders due to not hav­ing the required licence.

And he was required to remain seat­ed on the bench through­out the game.

But Davide found a way to make things work, as he was spot­ted com­mu­ni­cat­ing with dad Ancelot­ti using a headset.

It was Real’s goal­keep­er coach Luis Llop­is who then barked the instruc­tions from the tech­ni­cal area.

But Ancelot­ti’s yet to return to his duties since then and has missed the last FOUR of Real’s train­ing ses­sions as he has­n’t recov­ered from the ill­ness, accord­ing to AS.

And on the eve of Real’s first-leg tie against Chelsea on Wednes­day, it still isn’t clear if Ancelot­ti will be mak­ing the trip to Lon­don fol­low­ing his pos­i­tive test on Sunday.

The report states that although he feels fine, Ancelot­ti’s still wait­ing on the results of a neg­a­tive test before he can trav­el with his squad.

If Ancelot­ti does­n’t recov­er in time, it will be upto son Davide and goal­keep­ing coach Luis Llop­is, along with club coach Abi­an Per­do­mo, to guide Real’s vast array of stars.

But it remains to be seen if the trio have the tac­ti­cal nous to over­come the might of the Blues and boss Thomas Tuchel.

Espe­cial­ly as Real have failed to win any com­pet­i­tive match­es against Chelsea.

How­ev­er, the Span­ish titans will have received a major boost going into the game after wit­ness­ing the Blues crum­ble against Brent­ford on Saturday.

The Blues’ stars were a no-show as the Bees romped to a 4–1 vic­to­ry in a game that saw Chris­t­ian Erik­sen score his first goal for the club since join­ing them in Jan­u­ary fol­low­ing his heart scare last year.

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