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Atletico defender calls out for Busquets’ handball: “We can’t do anything about it”



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Atletico Madrid suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of Barcelona this afternoon. The result was a major blow for the club in their bid to keep up with Real Madrid in the league table.

As the scoreline suggests, Atleti did provide a strong fight to Barcelona but ultimately came short. A turning point of the game came during the dying embers when Atleti’s appeals for a handball against Sergio Busquets were denied by the referee Sanchez Martinez.

The Barça veteran appeared to have handled the ball when going for an aerial duel. Atletico Madrid cried for a possible penalty, but the referee denied the calls.

Shortly after the game, Atleti defender Jose Maria Gimenez addressed the incident, suggesting that he cannot do anything about the decision.

“Busquets’ handball? The other day against Almería, the offside saved me, but this time they understood that it wasn’t a penalty. We can’t do anything about it, and we have to keep doing our thing, keep competing, and let the people who have to act, act accordingly,” he said (h/t Atletico Universe).

While Gimenez was careful not to mention Barcelona’s alleged involvement in the Negreira scandal, the referee’s decision has irked a lot of the Atletico Madrid fans, who have been calling out Sanchez, alleging that he was trained by Enrique Negreira.

Nevertheless, Atletico Madrid will look to move on from the tie. With eight matches still to be played, Los Rojiblancos have an excellent chance of catching up to their cross-town rivals, in the race to finish second in the league table.

Atleti’s next game will be against RCD Mallorca, at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday.

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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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