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Atletico Madrid kit numbers for 2022-23 released



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A new season represents a new beginning in many ways. Not only does it provide a chance for players to make a fresh start but also brings with it an annual chance to change their kit numbers.

Earlier today, Atletico Madrid announced the official jersey numbers for the coming season (h/t Atletico Universe).

Needless to say, there are pleasant surprises on the awaited list. To begin with, players who returned from loan spells have chosen the numbers they wish to don for the coming season.

Alvaro Morata, who completed his two-year loan at Juventus, opted to choose number 19. However, the Spaniard’s future is still in the air and it seems unlikely that he will be a Rojiblanco at the end of the transfer window.

Meanwhile, Saul Niguez picked the number 17. It does not come as a surprise as the midfielder donned the same kit in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Coming off a year-long loan spell at Chelsea, he will look to break his way into Diego Simeone’s starting XI again.

Matheus Cunha, who wore the #19 last season has now changed his number and taken the prestigious #9. This is a big hint as to his role in the upcoming season for the Brazilian could well be the default striker for Los Rojiblancos.

New signing Samuel Lino has been handed jersey #16, while Axel Witsel will have #20 on his back. As it stands, only kit #25 is vacant at Atletico Madrid and could well be Nahuel Molina’s when his signing is announced.

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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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