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Official: Atletico Madrid squad list to face Barcelona

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As Atletico Madrid look to extend their unbeaten run in La Liga, they face league leaders Barcelona as their next hurdle.

Diego Simeone’s side will be travelling to Spotify Camp Nou to face Xavi’s Barcelona on Sunday and ahead of the match, the Rojiblancos boss has announced the squad list that will make the trip to Catalonia.

Unsurprisingly, former Barça forward Memphis Depay misses out as he is still not fully recovered from the injury he sustained during the international break.

The Dutchman left the Blaugrana for the Colchoneros in the January window and would have been hoping to prove a point against his former club. But he will not have the chance to do so this weekend.

Other than that, Reinildo Mandava is also not part of the squad as he is out for the season. Marcos Llorente misses out due to suspension while Geoffrey Kondogbia is also not part of the squad.

Angel Correa, who missed a day of training earlier this week due to illness, is fit and in contention to start against the leaders tomorrow at Camp Nou, partnering up with another ex-Barcelona forward in Antoine Griezmann.

Former Tottenham duo Matt Doherty and Sergio Reguilon, who have hardly played this season for Atletico Madrid, are also part of the roster that will take on Barcelona.

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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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