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Atletico Madrid could receive €7 million boost with a win against Sevilla tonight

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A lot will be at stake when Atletico Madrid host Sevilla in the penultimate game of the 2021-22 La Liga season. To define ‘a lot’, a prize pool of €7 million is there for Atletico to grab as it is the difference between finishing third and fourth in the competition, reports MARCA.

Mathematically, Atletico Madrid have qualified for next season’s UEFA Champions League, having accumulated 67 points in 36 league matches. Sevilla, on the other hand, still have a lot to play for.

Interestingly enough, however, even a point on Sunday would assure the Nervionenses a place in Europe’s top tier competition, making today’s encounter all the more important.

Now, €7 million may not really sound like much, at least in the inflated football market, but an amount as such represents a massive coup for Atletico and Sevilla who are up against the giants like Barcelona and Real Madrid.

What’s in the offering?

Even after all the fights throughout the season, Sevilla are pretty much dependent on Real Betis’ results. The Beticos are a mere five points away from Julen Lopetegui’s team and any sip-up from the latter on Sunday will mostly cut down the deficit to two points.

How about the match?

Atletico Madrid, or personally for Diego Simeone, there is fear of finishing below the podium places for the first time in the latter’s nine full seasons. This mainly because his team does not really have a great record against Sevilla.

Between October 2016 to the date of writing, Atletico have played as many as eight matches against Sevilla, winning just once while losing thrice.

Furthermore, the match will also mark the final home appearance of a certain Luis Suarez, who MARCA believes will start alongside Antoine Griezmann. On the other hand, the likes of Renan Lodi, Thomas Lemar and Sime Vrsaljko will miss for respective reasons.

For Atletico fans, and even for the management for that matter, reaching those €7 million will probably change plenty of things for the next season.

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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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