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Atletico left-back Renan Lodi sought a psychologist after Copa America defeat to Argentina

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Renan Lodi was one of the most vilified players in the Brazilian media when the South American giants lost to their arch-rivals Argentina in last year’s Copa America final.

Not only did the Atletico Madrid fullback had kept Angel Di Maria onside, but he also failed to clear Rodrigo de Paul’s attempted through ball. The mistake led to Di Maria comfortably beating Ederson Moraes, scoring the only goal of the game.

Argentina’s victory helped them put an end to a 28-year wait for silverware. It also granted Lionel Messi his first major international triumph with Argentina.

Back in Brazil, Lodi received brutal treatment and was criticised for his performance in the final. He is yet to even make a single appearance for the Selecao since the defeat to Argentina.

In an interview with TNT Sports, Lodi has opened up on his struggles since the Copa America defeat where he has revealed his difficulties to cope with fierce critics. He even admitted to seeking a psychologist in order to get him through the tough period.

“It was all very hard. I cried a lot. I got sick in my head and went in search of a psychologist and all because it was very difficult. That’s when I gave that fall inside the club as well. It affected me a lot,” Lodi said.

After a difficult summer, the 23-year-old returned to Atletico Madrid, hoping to help Los Colchoneros defend the league title. However, the defender has failed to establish himself as a first-team regular Diego Simeone, who has largely favoured Yannick Carrasco in the wing-back slot.

With Carrasco suspended, though, Lodi is being tipped to start for Atletico in their midweek Champions League encounter against Manchester United. It is a must-win game for the left-back and his compadres as they look to seal a ticket to the last eight of the competition.

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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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