Civitas Metropolitano bore witness to a heated derby on Sunday night in which Real Madrid emerged triumphant over ten-man Atletico Madrid, courtesy of first-half goals from Rodrygo Goes and Federico Valverde.
While the Merengues seemed to be cruising towards an easy win, a late goal from substitute Mario Hermoso threw the cat among the pigeons, sparking a possibility of a comeback from the home team.
However, having become the hero for his team, the Spanish defender soon turned villain minutes later as he was shown a yellow card for brawling with Dani Carvajal, before receiving a second booking for a push on Dani Ceballos, leading to his sending off.
However, MARCA is now reporting that Atletico Madrid are planning to appeal against the second yellow card shown by referee Munuera Montero, as they believe it was an unfair decision.
Los Rojiblancos are willing to concede that Hermoso’s first booking was valid after he got into a fight with Carvajal. However, they believe that the second yellow card was unwarranted as the centre-back did not touch Ceballos with enough force to send him to the ground.
The legal team of the Spanish capital club plan to submit the video of the incident as evidence to prove that the alleged push did not deserve a booking.
There is confidence within the club that the decision will be overturned following the appeal, which would ensure that Atletico will be able to call upon Hermoso when they face top-four rivals Sevilla after the international break.
The loss on Sunday was Atletico’s second of the La Liga campaign and leaves them in seventh place on the table, already eight points shy of their neighbours, who sit atop the standings.
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
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