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Atletico forward claims Real Madrid star held and pinched him during derby – report

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According to Carrusel Deportivo (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Atletico Madrid forward Angel Correa has revealed that Real Madrid ace Antonio Rudiger was holding him and pinching him during the derby contest last night, which led to the Argentine’s action earning him a red card.

Correa was sent off during the derby, just a little after the hour mark for an alleged elbow on Rudiger. Despite having numerical advantage over their neighbours, Los Blancos failed to make the most of it and just about managed to earn a 1-1 draw and salvage a point.

Correa’s sending-off has become a major talking point in Spanish footballing circles. Now, the report is claiming that after the match the Argentine revealed in the Rojiblancos’ dressing room that Rudiger was all over him, holding him strongly and pinching him repeatedly.

In an attempt to push him away, Correa ended up elbowing him which Gil Manzano saw as a serious enough offence to issue a direct red card.

Atletico Madrid, for their part, deem the sanction by the referee as excessive and have made the decision to appeal against it with the Competition Committee next week in a bid to either overturn the red card or at least reduce his suspension sentence.

Several Atletico Madrid players, current and former, came out to hit out at the referee and his decision-making during the derby while manager Diego Simeone did not shy away from taking a dig at the officiating either.

What Atletico did manage to do is they have dented Real Madrid’s chances of retaining the La Liga title as the draw leaves them seven points off of leaders Barcelona, who could increase that gap to ten should they defeat UD Almeria later today.

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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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