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Atletico Madrid could give Real Madrid a guard of honour on two conditions

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Real Madrid have been close to sealing the La Liga title for months now. With a 17-point lead over the second-placed team, it is only a matter of time before the title is confirmed. There is, however, an interesting twist to the tale.

Suppose Sevilla and Barcelona drop points in their games tonight, a win over Espanyol at the Bernabeu will secure the La Liga title for Real Madrid.

It would also open the doors for a guard of honour from Atletico Madrid, for Carlo Ancelotti’s side face Los Rojiblancos in their next league game. As derby rivals, it would be an incredible moment for Madrid.

Not to mention, it could open the doors to an incredibly contested game, for the gesture is bound to be taken harshly by Diego Simeone and co.

Real Madrid have been unstoppable domestically this season. In 33 games, they have lost only thrice and drawn six.

In their 24 wins, they have scored 69 goals while conceding less than 30 goals. Moreover, they have maintained a clean sheet on 13 occasions.

The league leaders currently sit on 78 points, with second-placed Atletico Madrid on 61.

Arch-rivals Barcelona are third with 60 points, though they have two games in hand over the Madrid based sides. This will surely go down as one of the club’s most dominant league seasons in history.

With the league sealed, all attention now turns to the Champions League. Carlo Ancelotti’s men face Manchester City in the semifinals of the prestigious competition, and the first leg is scheduled at the Santiago Bernabeu for next week.

Given that domestic results no longer play a decisive role, the manager and players can give their all to the UCL. Needless to say, it is a big relief.

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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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