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Official: Atletico Madrid starting lineup against Real Madrid

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With their top-four charge in danger, Diego Simeone is ready to go all-out against Real Madrid tonight, and has selected his starting lineup accordingly. After using a 3-5-2 constantly through this season, it seems he has resorted to a 4-4-2.

Jan Oblak starts in goal and is inarguably the biggest gap between Madrid and the goal. He is guarded by a back-four which features Jose Gimenez and Stefan Savic in the heart of the defence, while Sime Vrsaljko takes up the right-back spot.

Captain Koke is part of the double pivot alongside Geoffrey Kondogbia, while Marcos Llorente starts as the wide right-midfielder. His work-rate will be crucial against Rodrygo and Toni Kroos. Yannick Carrasco is deployed on the opposite side of the wide midfield.

Antoine Griezmann makes way for Matheus Cunha, who is starting alongside Angel Correa in the front-two. The two have a combined total of just 16 goals this season, but will need to be at the top of their form against a weakened Madrid side.

Confirmed Atletico XI: Oblak; Vrsaljko, Savic, Gimenez, Reinildo; Llorente, Koke, Kondogbia, Carrasco; 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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