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Oblak and Koke talk Manchester City clash



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Atletico Madrid would have hoped for a convincing win over relegation-threatened Mallorca to boost their confidence for the game ahead. Diego Simeone’s side next face Manchester City in the second leg of the UCL quarterfinals and are a goal down on aggregate.

However, things went from bad to worse very fast for Los Rojiblancos. The team fell to a 1-0 defeat to Mallorca in what was a weak and powerless display.

After the defeat at San Moix, Koke and Jan Oblak spoke to the press and reflected on the defeat and the game to come.

“Things didn’t work out today, dry pitch, sun, we’re not looking for excuses because we haven’t done enough.

“We’ve been a bit tired, a bit heavy, we haven’t played the game we should have and I don’t think it’s a penalty but if from the VAR they didn’t warn,” said Oblak.

Koke spoke about the difficult game to come against Pep Guardiola’s side and emphasised on it being a special night for fans.

“We have a very important game on Wednesday, hopefully, it will be an unforgettable night, with our people, it will be spectacular.

“It has been a long time since such an environment has been lived from the inside, hopefully, it will be an unforgettable night,” the midfielder said.

On Wednesday, Atletico will have to score at least two goals more than the Premier League champions to qualify for the semifinals. While Manchester City are the clear favourites to advance, one cannot write off Diego Simeone’s men at any stage in the competition.

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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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