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Official: Atletico Madrid starting lineup to face Real Madrid

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Atletico Madrid have named their starting XI for the derby against Real Madrid at the Civitas Metropolitano. And in a huge surprise, Antoine Griezmann has been handed his first start of the season.

It is no secret that Atletico have been regulating his minutes to avoid paying his €40 million permanent purchase fee, but Diego Simeone has thrust the Frenchman into the starting XI against their neighbours.

Griezmann partners with Joao Felix up top for the Rojiblancos, with former Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata left out on the bench, along with Matheus Cunha and Angel Correa.

Geoffrey Kondogbia also gets a rare start in the middle of the park. He is partnered by Rodrigo de Paul and Atletico Madrid captain Koke in midfield, with the latter now becoming the player with the joint-highest number of appearances for Los Colchoneros.

Yannick Carrasco lines up as the left-sided wing-back and will provide a key attacking outlet for the hosts, while ex-Real Madrid ace Marcos Llorente gets the nod on the opposite flank, ahead of new signing Nahuel Molina.

Felipe, Axel Witsel and Reinildo Mandava make up the three-man backline for Atleti, that will guard Jan Oblak in goal. The Slovenian international makes a return to the lineup after missing the last two matches with an injury.

Confirmed Atletico Madrid XI: Oblak, Felipe, Witsel, Reinildo, Llorente, de Paul, Kondogbia, Koke, Carrasco, Felix, Griezmann.

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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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