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Official: Atletico Madrid squad list against Valencia

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Following Barcelona’s 4-0 routing of Real Valladolid and Real Madrid 1-3 late win against Espanyol, the pressure is on Atletico Madrid to keep a three-way title race alive for La Liga fans this season.

They are coming off a 0-2 loss at the hands of Villarreal, where Geronimo Rulli’s exploits kept Diego Simeone’s men out of the game for 90 minutes.

Up next is Valencia at the Mestalla, which can cause even more heartache for Atletico. Nahuel Molina picked up a red card in injury time vs Villarreal and will not be travelling with the team.

Renan Lodi’s loan move to Nottingham Forest has been confirmed, which means he is not a part of the squad list either. In fact, Simeone will travel with four natural defenders in his team – Jose Gimenez, Felipe, Mario Hermoso, and Reinildo.

That said, Saul, Carrasco, Axel Witsel and Marcos Llorente are more than capable of covering the backline.

Geoffrey Kondogbia was part of the squad list in both games so far this season, but did not get the chance to grace the pitch yet. He has been included in the list alongside fellow central midfielders Koke, Rodrigo de Paul and Thomas Lemar.

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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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