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Atletico Madrid superstar was left frustrated following UCL exit – report

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Being eliminated from the group stage of the UEFA Champions League is a shame for a club of Atletico Madrid’s stature. To not even qualify for the Europa League and finish bottom of the group is an all-new low.

According to reports from Belen Sanchez Garcia, star goalkeeper Jan Oblak was beyond frustrated when he entered the dressing room after yesterday’s defeat to FC Porto and did not hold back in expressing his disbelief at what had just happened.

“I don’t understand it, I don’t understand it.”

Oblak was one of the team’s best performers on the night, coming clutch multiple times in the first half to limit the damage. In his 90 minutes on the field, he made a whopping six saves including five from inside the box to ensure that his team stayed in the game.

To go down after such a strong performance is hard to accept, and his disappointment was visible when he spoke to the media after the full-time whistle.

“We can only sincerely thank the fans for their support. They deserve much more. The team is very sorry”.

Los Rojiblancos are now out of contention in both the Champions League and Europa League and must turn to La Liga and Copa del Rey to salvage some good from their season. 

Needless to say, the pressure on Diego Simeone is building and the need to produce good results is urgent. The Madrid-based side next face Espanyol and Mallorca before dispersing for the World Cup and the aim will be to get six out of six points to boost their morale.

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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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