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Official: Atletico Madrid squad list vs Villarreal announced

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After starting their season emphatically, with a 3-0 victory over Getafe, Atletico Madrid will brace themselves for a far bigger challenge as they take on Villarreal on Saturday.

The 2021 La Liga champions are aiming to maintain their winning form they acquired during the pre-season, which had included a 4-0 victory over Manchester United.

Ahead of the Villarreal match-up, Atletico Madrid have announced their squad, featuring some of the players who had missed out on the opening matchday, including Felipe.

The Brazilian was unable against Getafe, but he has returned in contention against Villarreal. He could be a serious option for Diego Simeone at centre-back, even though Axel Witsel performed brilliantly in his place.

Other defenders in the squad include Reinildo Mandava, Stefan Savic, Nahuel Molina, Jose Maria Gimenez and Mario Hermoso, among many others. All of these were included in the squad that faced Getafe.

Moving into midfield, Saul Niguez may continue in the left wing-back role, although Yannick Carrasco is making a strong case for the starting eleven.

Rodrigo de Paul, Thomas Lemar and Marcos Llorente are the other creative midfielders available in the squad, whereas Koke and Geoffrey Kondogbia are options to operate in a slightly withdrawn position.

As for the attack, Antoine Griezmann has been included in the side and there are many expectations that he may even start a goal following a promising game against Getafe earlier this month.

However, it will be tricky for the Frenchman to displace Alvaro Morata in the side, with Joao Felix likely to accompany him in the attacking unit. It should ultimately have an adverse effect on Griezmann’s overall game-time.

Angel Correa and Matheus Cunha are the other options in the attacking unit.

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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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