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Atletico Madrid president comments on plans for the January transfer window



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While one half of Madrid coasts with the joy of topping the table in two competitions, the other half of the city struggles in turbulence. Atletico Madrid’s start to the season has been far from what the management hoped for and has now reached a stage of serious concern. 

The players, manager, and administration all share the blame for the team’s struggles on the field. Most of the onus is on Diego Simeone for his sub-par management but it is also true that the Argetinne manager does not enjoy the same depth in terms of resources as Real Madrid or Barcelona. 

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo was asked about the club’s plans for the upcoming winter transfer window. While one would have expected the response to favour several signings to bolster the squad, Cerezo refuted any possibility of the same as revealed via DAZN

“Winter transfer window? We have a magnificent squad, we are very good like this.” 

The president’s reply comes as a shocker considering the team’s position and performances this season. 13 games into the season, Los Rojiblancos sit eight points behind Real Madrid, and the difference could grow by a further three points later today. 

Their results in the UEFA Champions League bring more disappointment to the fans as the team not only failed to qualify for the knockouts but also the Europa League.

They finished fourth in their group with just five points in six games and were behind the likes of Porto, Club Brugge and Bayer Leverkusen.

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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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