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Official: Atletico Madrid squad list against Getafe

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The third big dog of La Liga, Atletico Madrid, are back in action tomorrow, as they gear up for a trip to take on Getafe away from home. Diego Simeone’s men had a fruitful pre-season, and would want to take Barcelona and Real Madrid all the way this season.

For their first game, Simeone has called up 21 players, including two goalkeepers in Grbic and Wanda Metropolitano favourite Jan Oblak.

Jose Gimenez has picked up a severe case of tonsillitis, and will not travel with the team. Instead, the squad features academy player Marco Moreno. Axel Witsel, while traditionally a midfielder, is also expected to play as a centre-back tomorrow.

Nahuel Molina is called up for the game, as well, and could get his official debut for Atleti.

The entire midfield seems fit, with Thomas Lemar getting the official green light to travel. With Antoine Griezmann registered, Simeone has all his attackers ready, too, including Alvaro Morata, who was in red-hot form against Juventus.

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Atletico lash out at referee’s decision during Real Madrid clash: “They create such pressure”

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Real Madrid’s win over Atletico Madrid once again showed the European Champions’ ability to fight back even from the deepest of troughs and come back on top. The men in white were a goal down with 15 minutes to spare but forced extra time and managed to advance to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.

However, the game was not without its own share of controversy. One of the biggest moments came in the 71st minute when Dani Ceballos avoided a red card that would have changed the course of the game. Ironically, Atletico Madrid had Stefan Savic sent off in extra time to help Real Madrid progress.

To give context Ceballos was already on a yellow card for making an unnecessary challenge in the 69th minute of the game. Two minutes later, he appeared to have caught Thomas Lemar near the knee.

Atletico Madrid thus demanded that he get a second yellow and receive his marching orders. Given that the Rojiblancos were already up a goal, it could have changed the course of the game. But the referee did not show a second yellow to the Real Madrid midfielder.

Los Rojiblancos are far from happy with the refereeing at Santiago Bernabeu and have released an official statement via their CEO, Miguel Angel Gil Marin, regarding their displeasure. The statement is as follows:

“With 0-1, in the 71st minute, playing the place for the Copa semifinals in their own stadium, leaving Real Madrid with 10 players is big words.

“Real Madrid is a club with a very strong environment, with many interests around it. They create such pressure that it’s normal to affect the people who must make decisions. They [referees] are aware of what awaits them if they made a mistake.”

Clearly, the accusation from Diego Simeone’s side goes far beyond the events of the derby and makes a contentious general statement about Real Madrid’s influence on matches.

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