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Atletico Madrid to appeal against star’s red card vs Real Madrid



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Atletico Madrid missed out on three points yesterday when they conceded a late equaliser from Alvaro Rodriguez, during the derby against Real Madrid.

One of the turning points of the game was Angel Correa’s red card in the 64th minute. The forward was deemed to have elbowed Antonio Rudiger off the ball. It convinced the referee Gil Manzano to award the attacker a straight red.

In the aftermath of the event, Correa is likely to face a two-match suspension. This is in line with La Liga’s rules and regulations, as any player that commits such an action without playing the ball gets a two-match ban.

However, according to AS, Atletico Madrid are set to challenge the decision and lodge an appeal ahead of the Competition Committee’s meeting next Wednesday. They believe the two-game sanction is too harsh for Correa.

Atleti are hoping that the appeal can help convince the Competition Committee to challenge the suspension and potentially reduce the ban on Correa, whose absence in the coming matches could be consequential for Los Rojiblancos.

Despite scoring only five goals in the league this season, Correa has been a crucial component in the Atletico Madrid frontline so far. His versatility, coupled with his aggression and direct nature of play are in line with Diego Simeone’s tactical philosophy.

But as things stand, Correa looks all set to miss Atletico Madrid’s coming matches against Sevilla and Girona. It will certainly be a blow for Simeone as his team looks to compete with Real Sociedad and Real Betis for the top four places.

As for the suspension itself, whether or not Atleti’s appeal bears any fruit remains to be seen.

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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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