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Official: Atletico Madrid squad list to face Levante

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While Barcelona have one eye on the Europa League, Atletico Madrid will use that opportunity to put pressure on the Blaugranas with a win over Levante tomorrow night. The Valencia outfit will travel to the Spanish capital to contest in the delayed fixture that was postponed from gameweek 21.

Ahead of the game, Diego Simeone has selected 17 players that will form the starting lineup and bench. Antoine Griezmann is still injured and does not make the cut for this game. He is expected to return vs Osasuna.

Felipe picked up a red card against Getafe on the weekend, and therefore, is not included in the team. He is replaced by Manuel Lama Maroto of the youth team. The Spaniard will don the #42 jersey for the clash.

Lama and Stefan Savic are the only central defenders in the list, with Jose Gimenez still injured.

Guiliano Simeone, son of Diego Simeone, was on the bench vs Getafe but has been dropped for the midweek match.

Full list:

Goalkeepers: Lecomte, Oblak
Defenders: Lodi, Savic, Reinildo, Vrsaljko, Lama
Midfielders: Kondogbia, de Paul, Koke, Llorente, Lemar, Herrera
Forwards: Felix, Suarez, Correa, Cunha

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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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