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Diego Simeone experimenting with a ‘different lineup’ ahead of Madrid derby



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The Madrid Derby is usually a clash bearing consequences in the title race. The rivalry between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid has reached new heights in recent years with both being prime contenders in the league race.

This season, the story is different. Real Madrid sealed the La Liga title with their 4-0 win over Espanyol and are set to play for a spot in the Champions League finals.

On the other hand, Los Rojiblancos are far from their best and risk missing out on Champions League football next season.

Ahead of the big clash next week, Diego Simeone is said to have tried variations in his lineup in training. MARCA have revealed the combination the manager was experimenting with.

Simeone had Jan Oblak in goal, with the centre-back pairing of Stefan Savic and Jose Maria Gimenez guarding the goal. Marcos Llorente and Renan Lodi took charge at right-back and left-back respectively.

In midfield, Geoffrey Kondogbia was given duties as the pivot in the 4-3-3 formation. Joining forces with him in the middle of the park were Rodrigo de Paul and Koke to his right and left, respectively.

Antoine Griezmann was deployed as the left winger, flanking the striker Matheus Cunha. The final player in the lineup was Angel Correa, who was deployed on the right-wing.

The Madrid derby has already begun stealing headlines after Atletico Madrid refused to give Real Madrid a guard of honour on the night. With five days left to go, expect more fire to spew between the two rivals.

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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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