Champions League: Nobody is perfect – Ancelotti defends struggling Real Madrid star


Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti has defended Kepa Arrizabalaga after the goalkeeper’s display in his side’s Champions League 3-2 win over Napoli on Tuesday.

Arrizabalaga joined Real Madrid on loan from Chelsea this summer to deputize for the injured Thibaut Courtois.

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The Spaniard expectedly started his team’s Champions League group-stage clash against Napoli.

His positioning was brought under the scanner in the 19th minute of the encounter after he failed to deal with Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s corner kick.

Arrizabalaga came to punch it out but ended up completely missing it, leading to Leo Skiri Ostigard’s opening goal.

Vinicius Junior, Jude Bellingham and Federico Valverde did score for Ancelotti’s side during the game.

Speaking on Arrizabalaga’s display, Ancelotti said (h/t MadridXtra on X): “Sometimes Kepa struggles with crosses because he is not very tall, but nobody is perfect.

“Not even me and I’m very handsome (laughs).”


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