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Official: Atletico Madrid squad list against Real Sociedad



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Football fans should keep an eye out on Saturday in Spain as La Liga is offering three thrilling games, all brought back-to-back.

At 16:15 CET, Real Madrid play hosts to Real Betis at the new Santiago Bernabeu in a top-of-the-table clash, while Barcelona take the flight to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan at 21:00 CET. Sandwiched between these two, Atletico Madrid will lock horns against Real Sociedad at the Anoeta.

Both teams have two wins in three games, and the winner tomorrow – if at all – could gain an early advantage in the race for top four.

Diego Simeone has called up 20 players for this game, not including new signing Sergio Reguilon. The Spaniard has been signed and registered, but misses out due to a lack of match fitness.

Nahuel Molina picked up a red card against Villarreal and is still suspended. Meanwhile, Matheus Cunha and Stefan Savic have picked up injuries, effectively ruling them out indefinitely.

Sergio Diez and Alberto Moreno have been called up from the U19 side, while Alvaro Morata seemingly continues at Atleti after a whirlwind of rumours linking him to a ton of clubs through the summer transfer window.

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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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