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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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Tottenham Hotspur hold an interest in key Atletico Madrid duo

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According to MARCA, Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest in signing key Atletico Madrid stars Yannick Carrasco and Jan Oblak and could look to make a move for the duo in the summer.

Tottenham and Atletico have fostered a good working relationship in recent times, with the Rojiblancos signing Sergio Reguilon on loan from the Premier League club in the summer.

Following that, the Colchoneros secured the signing of Matt Doherty in January on a free transfer after Tottenham handed him a letter of freedom so that he can join the La Liga club.

Now, it is being claimed that Tottenham could look to capitalise on it and act on their interest in both Carrasco and Oblak.

Carrasco has been a topic of interest at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for some time now. The Lilywhites have even made attempts to sign him in the past but were unable to pull off the transfer.

However, with the 29-year-old reportedly disgruntled at Atletico, a summer exit could be on the cards. Barcelona have secured an option to sign the winger for a fee of €20 million in the summer, but Tottenham could offer more if they are serious about signing him.

Meanwhile, Oblak has also been on the radars of Tottenham for some time. With captain and first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris nearing the end of his career, the north London club have identified the Slovenian ace as a possible replacement for the Frenchman.

Oblak has been a permanent fixture in the lineup at Atletico Madrid for close to a decade now. But he harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League while he also wishes to challenge for trophies – something that has not happened at Atletico this term or the last season.

It could compel him to consider a move away from the Civitas Metropolitano, and Tottenham would be lying in wait if such a scenario materialises.

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