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Atletico Madrid hoping for La Liga to change schedule for derby vs Real Madrid – report



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Following their hard-fought win against Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid’s first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final against Athletic Club is scheduled for Wednesday, February 7.

And if a report from SER is to be believed, Los Rojiblancos are hopeful that La Liga will move the Madrid derby for them to have a breathing space.

It is to be noted that the fourth Madrid derby of the 2023/24 season is scheduled to be played on Sunday, February 4 and Atletico want La Liga to prepone it to Saturday as there would be less than 48 hours for them to prepare for the semi-finals against Athletic Club.

As far as Real Madrid are concerned, the situation is more or less similar. Before they prepare to host their neighbours, they play Getafe away frome home on Thursday, Friday 1.

Fixture congestion at its very best 

Atletico Madrid want to change the date of the Madrid derby to Saturday and if they fail in their request, they will have less time to prepare for the Copa del Rey semi-final.

Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have already played thrice this season. (Photo by Thomas COEX / AFP) (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

To make things tougher, Atletico also have another match on January 31st against Rayo Vallecano, while Real Madrid play against Getafe on February 1. 

It is to be noted that these two matches were rescheduled due to the Spanish Super Cup, making Atletico’s request more challenging. Additionally, between the two legs of the Copa del Rey semi-final, Atletico has a UEFA Champions League match against Inter Milan as well.

As far as Real Madrid are concerned, between February 1 and February 13, they, too, will have four matches to play, namely against Getafe, Atletico Madrid, and Girona in La Liga and RB Leipzig in the Champions League.

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Toni Kroos opens up on retirement decision – ‘I am sad at the moment’



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Real Madrid have the opportunity to make this a historic season by lifting their 15th UEFA Champions League title.

But even in the event Madrid gets their hands on the trophy, the conclusion of the season will leave a bittersweet feeling as Toni Kroos is set to depart the club.

The German midfielder was urged to continue plying his trade in the Spanish Capital for another season since his timeless quality is yet to fade away, but Kroos remained firm on his decision.

Kroos opens up about retirement

Now, reflecting on his imminent departure from the club he has played 464 games with, Kroos has opened up about how the decision came about and his thought process.

“I am sad at the moment. Something that defined me, that gave so much fun and gave me so many positive memories is coming to an end,” Kroos professed on his podcast.

Kroos plays his final home game for Real Madrid tomorrow. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

However, he claims there is a slight silver lining about the news becoming public, as there is no more pressure on him to constantly answer questions about his future and focus solely on finishing his career in the best way possible.

“I am happy that the news is out. It is a relief because a lot of people were speculating and I didn’t feel like answering questions about my future all the time,” Kroos claimed.

The veteran midfielder adds that retiring was never a clear-cut decision as his emotions fluctuated frequently.

“Retiring was never a 100-0 decision. The feelings swing in other directions, in the days at the end it was maybe a 80-20 or 70-30 decision. And that 30% is what makes you feel something,” he said.

Furthermore, Kroos reveals that he shared the news of his retirement to Ancelotti first and foremost, then relayed his decision to his teammates.

“I told Carlo [Ancelotti] first that I’m retiring. Then the club, then Luka [Modric], Fede [Valverde], Lucas [Vazquez]…” he exclaimed.

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