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Carlo Ancelotti: Thibaut Courtois will not be in goal for Bayern Munich clash

Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that Andry Lunin will be selected ahead of Thibaut Courtois for the Champions League semi-final return leg against Bayern Munich.

Ancelotti also affirmed that the confirmation of their La Liga title over the weekend will not distract the team from their preparations for the upcoming European fixture.

Despite speculation that Courtois will be picked after his impressive display against Cadiz, where Real Madrid secured a convincing 3-0 victory, Ancelotti has stayed true to his decision to start Lunin in Europe. 

"Lunin will play if I don't change my mind tonight. Yes, Lunin will play," said Ancelotti.

"The plan for a player who returns after such a big injury does not change due to one situation. Thibaut has played because he was very good and now he will have to take his time to reach his best version. 

"The plan did not change because of the Cadiz game. He played an optimal game, but he has to reach his best level."

In addition to addressing the goalkeeping situation, Ancelotti reflected on Real Madrid's continued success over the years, particularly in the Champions League. 

Despite significant changes in the squad and the departure of key players, Los Blancos have continued to be one of Europe's top sides. Ancelotti was asked about the secret to sustaining such success over a decade.

"A part of the squad that started in 2014 continues, not all, because time passes for everyone, but this squad has managed this period very well," added Ancelotti. 

"The general direction and idea is always managed by these players. They are managing this transition that began ago long after Cristiano left. The young people learn very well how you have to behave at Real Madrid."

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