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Alvaro Morata, Axel Witsel, Koke hit out at referees after Real Sociedad 1-1 Atletico Madrid

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Atletico Madrid’s mixed start to the new season continued as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Real Sociedad away at the Reale Stadium on Saturday.

Los Rojiblancos started the game well, with Alvaro Morata finding the back of the net just five minutes to put them in front. However, a controversial goal from Umar Sadiq ten minutes into the second half allowed La Real to salvage a point from the fixture.

The equalising goal and the refereeing decision have come under much scrutiny as Sadiq appeared to have handled the ball before it ended up in the back of the net.

However, the VAR chose not to intervene despite having not given Atletico Madrid a goal in the first half when the ball had hit Joao Felix’s hand before Morata sent it into the net.

Atletico Madrid were unhappy with the calls made and Morata took aim at the officiating and the VAR for their decisions.

“It happens so fast on the pitch that it’s almost impossible to see, we understand that, but there are also people in the VAR room, and it’s all based on criteria. These aren’t decisions that are made as they explained it to us, it’s up to their criteria,” he said.

“On the pitch, you can’t see much. In the end, we can’t do anything and we just have to play and accept what happens because nothing will change. They won’t change anything that happened,” he added.

Axel Witsel also chimed in on the officiating on the night, saying: “We played a good game today, as a whole.

“I think that getting just one point was a shame because in the goal that we conceded, based on the video replay, I think the attacker used his hand to score – first his head, then his hand. We deserved more than a point.”

Atletico Madrid captain Koke was also critical of the decisions made by the match officials, as he said: “The team made a great effort, I think we deserved a lot more. We were penalized by details.

“I think their goal was scored with the hand. They [the referees] come to give us chats, then later they do the opposite. It’s happened in several games, but that’s football…”

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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