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Griezmann opens up on game-time situation after helping Atletico Madrid beat Porto

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Atletico Madrid pulled off a crucial win over FC Porto in the dying minutes of their first UEFA Champions League game of the season on Wednesday night.

After getting the lead in the 91st minute through Mario Hermoso, the Portuguese side pulled one back five minutes later through a penalty from Mateus Uribe. Eventually, Antoine Griezmann scored the winner for Diego Simeone’s side in the 101st minute.

The Frenchman has been in fine form this season when on the pitch. The problem for him, however, is that his playing time is restricted to 30 minutes per game or less because of a bizarre contractual situation.

When asked about his limited playing time after the game, Griezmann said: “It is what it is, it’s not in my hands. I’m just thankful that I’m here. My family is happy. Of course, I want more, but I will give my everything in the minutes that they give me.”

He then spoke about how Atletico Madrid was very dear to his heart and what a return to the club meant for him.

“So much happiness. As I said when I came back, I was going to give everything. The truth is that I’m very happy here. The only thing I want is to play here and to give everything for the club, for Cholo, and the fans.”

The forward’s loan deal from Barcelona has an obligatory purchase clause that will be triggered if he plays more than 45 minutes in 50% of the matches he is available for.

Los Rojiblancos do not intend to shell out €40 million for him and are therefore ensuring that he does not reach the 45-minute mark in any game. And even though he might not be playing as much as he wants, Griezmann is making the most of his minutes.

Source: Movistar Plus

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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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