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Official: Atletico Madrid squad list to face Real Madrid



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Wanda Metropolitano will be prepared as newly-crowned La Liga champions Real Madrid travel to the outskirts of the Spanish capital to take on Atletico Madrid for the second Madrid derby of the season.

While Madrid are expected to use their second-string starting lineup, Atleti will likely use their best possible team. Ahead of the game, Diego Simeone has announced their squad list for the game, featuring a few surprises.

Reinildo Mandava had picked up a knock against Athletic Club and was subbed off at half-time. He has, however, returned in time for this game.

Felipe, Stefan Savic, and Jose Maria Gimenez are the other centre-backs in the squad list. Sime Vrsaljko and Renan Lodi feature as full-backs.

Thomas Lemar and Joao Felix are injured and are expected to miss the rest of the season, and thus, do not feature for this mouth-watering clash.

Simeone’s son, Guiliano Simeone is also part of the squad, alongside Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez, Matheus Cunha, and Angel Correa.

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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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