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
Official: Atletico Madrid starting lineup to face Real Madrid | Copa del Rey
Atletico Madrid are set to host Real Madrid in the Round of 16 of the Copa del Rey at the Civitas Metropolitano in a little while.
With kickoff only a few minutes away, Diego Simeone has revealed the starting lineup that he will be setting out to tackle Carlo Ancelotti and his men.
Atletico have been set up in their usual 3-5-2 formation in front of goalkeeper Jan Oblak, who will be aiming to thwart Real Madrid this time after shipping in five last week.
One of the changes comes in defence where Axel Witsel gets the nod ahead of Stefan Savic, with Jose Maria Gimenez and Mario Hermoso making up the rest of the rearguard.
Marcos Llorente starts as the right-sided wing-back while the opposite wing is occupied by Samuel Lino, who has become close to an untouchable in the side this term.
Captain Koke, Rodrigo De Paul, and Saul Niguez form the midfield trifecta that will be tasked with stopping their Real Madrid counterparts.
Meanwhile, in attack, former Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata pairs up with ex-Barcelona superstar Antoine Griezmann.
👥 Estos son los 𝟭𝟭 𝗷𝘂𝗴𝗮𝗱𝗼𝗿𝗲𝘀 que nos representarán a todos de inicio esta noche pic.twitter.com/dht93yMEx4— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) January 18, 2024