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Official: Atletico Madrid starting lineup against Real Oviedo



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Atletico Madrid hosted Elche at the Wanda Metropolitano on the weekend in the hopes of getting back to winning ways. The game saw a ton of drama, including three red cards. Eventually, Diego Simeone’s men got the better of Elche courtesy of a goal from Joao Felix and Alvaro Morata each.

They now take on Real Oviedo in the Copa del Rey round of 32 tonight, with Mario Hermoso retaining his place in the defence. The Spaniard was sent off on the weekend, but starts alongside Axel Witsel and Jose Maria Gimenez in the back-three, guarding Jan Oblak.

Flanking them on the right, Nahuel Molina returns to the lineup for his first minutes since winning the World Cup with Argentina. Yannick Carrasco continues on the left side as the wingback.

Captain Koke takes his place back from Pablo Barrios in midfield, paired alongside Thomas Lemar and Marcos Llorente.

The starting lineup is rounded off with Antoine Griezmann playing in support of Alvaro Morata in the front-two.

Confirmed Atletico XI:

Morata · Griezmann
Lemar · Koke · Llorente
Carrasco · Hermoso · Witsel · Gimenez · Molina

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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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