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Atletico Madrid starting lineup against Machester United friendly



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Atletico Madrid are getting ready for their second pre-season fixture of the season as they get ready to face Manchester United at the Ullevaal Stadium.

For this game, Diego Simeone has opted for what looks like a 3-5-2. First-choice keeper Jan Oblak starts in goal donning the gloves.

Ahead of him, the defensive trident boasts of Mario Gimenez centrally, Stefan Savic on the right, and Reinildo Mandava on the left side.

New signing Naheul Molina gets his unofficial debut, as the right-wingback. Yannic Carrasco is expected to cover in a similar capacity on the other side of the five-man midfield.

Marcos Llorente, usually in a wide role starts in a more natural central midfield role. He will be aided by Geoffrey Kondogbia as the defensive midfielder, while Thomas Lemar will be in a more attack-minded role.

Finally, the lineup is rounded off by Matheus Cunha and Angel Correa as the two-man attack. Antoine Griezmann starts from the bench, and is expected to come on in the second half.

Confirmed Atletico XI: Oblak; Savic, Gimenez, Reinildo; Molina, Llorente, Kondogbia, Lemar, Carrasco; Correa, Cunha

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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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