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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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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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