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Official: Atletico Madrid starting lineup against Real Madrid | Spanish Super Cup



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Real Madrid have just lost just one game so far across all competitions this season – a brutal 3-1 defeat against derby rivals Atletico Madrid in the league.

They will now face Diego Simeone’s men again tonight in the Spanish Super Cup semi-finals in Saudi Arabia, before taking them on in the Copa del Rey round of 16, and then again in La Liga within a few weeks.

Simeone does not have too many crucial injuries to deal with, and has chosen to play his best possible starting lineup for this game, headlined by Antoine Griezmann, who forms the front-two with Alvaro Morata.

Rodrigo de Paul will take care of the proceedings behind them, starting alongside Koke and Saul Niguez in the midfield trident.

Samuel Lino and Marcos Llorente have been tasked with providing width to this team as the left and right-wingbacks, respectively.

In defence, meanwhile, Jose Maria Gimenez gets the nod to lead the team as the central centre-back, while Mario Hermoso and Stefan Savic flank him as the left and right CBs, respectively.

This trio will be guarding Jan Oblak in goal.

Confirmed Atleti XI: Oblak; Savic, Gimenez, Hermoso; Llorene, de Paul, Koke, Saul, Lino; Griezmann, Morata

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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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