The big headliner in La Liga tonight is Atletico Madrid’s encounter against Sevilla as the two teams fight it out for the third podium spot in the league. There is €7 million at stake in this game, and Diego Simeone has selected their best lineup accordingly.
Mario Jimenez starts in the centre of the back-three, with Stefan Savic and Reinildo stationed on the right and left of the Uruguayan. This trident will guard Jan Oblak in goal, who has had a topsy-turvy campaign.
Atletico have released the XI as a 4-4-2 on paper, but is likely to look like a 3-5-2. Yannick Carrasco will start on the left side of the midfield, while Marcos Llorente assumes similar responsibility on the right.
The midfield features three central midfielders, with Geoffrey Kondogbia deployed as the anchor. Koke and Rodrigo de Paul will round off the centre of the park.
Meanwhile, Luis Suarez starts his last game at the Wanda Metropolitano, leaving the club as a legend. He is joined by none other than Antoine Griezmann, who got his third assist of the season against Elche last week.
XI 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/1ctgnL0Jy0— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) May 15, 2022
Confirmed Atletico XI: Oblak; Savic, Gimenez, Reinildo; Llorente, de Paul, Kondogbia, Koke, Carrasco; Griezmann, Suarez
Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid
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